Bundles of Hope Project
“Finding out that you have cancer can make you feel overwhelmed, vulnerable, and alone. Suddenly having to learn about complex medical treatments and trying to choose the best one can also be stressful during this time.” (American Cancer Society)
The Bundles of Hope Project is designed to help meet the emotional need of the woman who is diagnosed and/or in treatment. Most importantly, community volunteers, many of whom have survived cancer themselves participate in creating the beautiful “Bundles” that contain a journal, handmade bracelet, determination doll, socks, puzzle book, a resource guide, and inspiring reads.
Emotional and social support can help patients learn to cope with psychological stress. Such support can reduce levels of depression, anxiety, and disease and treatment-related symptoms.
“When a woman seeks help after being abused by her partner, she brings a number of issues that need to be addressed if she is to achieve a level of independence and self-sufficiency, as measured, for example, by her not returning to her abuser, holding a meaningful job, and obtaining a permanent place to live.” (Campbell & Lewandowski)
Helping Bring Women to Self-Sufficiency is a life-changing 8-week program designed for women who are referred to us by A Better Way, Family Assistance Program, local churches, and other private organizations. We collaborate with topic experts and facilitators to work with women who are emerging in a committed way from domestic violence, addiction, or other adversity. Class participants learn about setting goals for the next 12 months: budgeting, saving, and credit; how to apply for scholarships and jobs; sexual health and healthy diet and exercise; how to dress for success, and more. Participants also go on a shopping spree to select nice gently used clothing and accessories donated by generous members of our community.
Goal Setting Workshop
Utilizing 10 questions from the globally acclaimed Best Year Yet! system, Coach Cindy guides class participants through the transformational process of setting their personal goals for the next 12 months.
Six reasons why goals are important:
- Goals give you focus
- Goals help you measure progress
- Goals help you stay motivated
- They help you beat procrastination
- You can achieve even more
- Goals help you decide what you want to create next
Like a Boss (Entrepreneurial Summit)
Women who desire to own a business deserve to be informed, and so once a year, we connect them with successful local business owners to share the why, how, and when to build. They openly share pitfalls and success stories in the powerful workshop. Unfortunately, there is a high failure rate of start-ups, according to the Small Business Administration (Oct. 2019). About 20% of start-ups fail in the first year and 50% succumb by year five. By the 10th year, about 33% survive.
For the Health of It – Nutrition Series
COVID-19 has impacted the health and well-being of everyone in one way or another, and we decided to introduce a virtual component to our work starting with a series on what you can control: your nutrition. How you care for your body is key to maintaining a strong immune system which is critical, especially during stressful periods. Medical Nutritionist Therapist, Melanie Ajanwachuku, will be educating and answering questions on the topics noted below. Melanie is also a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetic Care & Education Specialist.
Best eating to boost your immune system
Powering up mornings with protein – what do you need?
Eat better to sleep better
Best nutrition choices when eating on a budget
Food safety, buying, and cooking
Foods to help de-stress and boost mood
How to work from home without gaining weight
What about the Mediterranean diet?
What’s a plant-based diet anyway?
Fact or fiction: Is fat a friend or foe?
The magic of pre and probiotics
What does a food label tell me?
The ABC’s of Dementia
Dementia impacts the lives of far too many Americans. Dr. Sonia Nayyar is a board-certified Neurologist and she developed a series on topics that will be helpful for you and your loved ones:
Dementia Overview | Terminology
Epidemiology | Statistics
Signs & Symptoms
Your Doctor Visits
The Future of Dementia