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.
empowering women for Self-Sufficiency
“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.
NAVIGATING STRESS DURING COVID-19
In this season of deep challenge and change, Melissa shares her four-part video series on navigating stress during COVID-19, designed especially for the Today’s Woman Foundation community. Her goal is to be a voice of encouragement and provide valuable resources that will help to cultivate a positive and healthy mindset during these times of uncertainty. It can be in these times when we feel the least amount of power that we gain the biggest insight and build ourselves up even stronger. Melissa hopes to equip the women in the community with proactive tools and fresh perspective that can help them become more resilient when facing difficulty; bring a sense of empowerment; and tap into strengths they didn’t realize they had.
Melissa Holy is a faith driven entrepreneur, business coach, and a former CEO in the staffing industry, and founder of GRIT Business & Success Training. To learn more about Melissa, visit MELISSAHOLY.COM
Virtual Series – Grief Support
Living in a pandemic has changed so much of how our society functions, including our day-to-day lives, how we care for the sick, how we care for the dying and how we care for the bereaved. Our sense of control has been challenged at all levels, and routines and rituals that normally bring comfort aren’t readily accessible, which can increase the feelings of isolation and loss. Today’s Woman Foundation executive director, Cindy Bostick, is a Certified Grief Counselor (GC-C) with the American Academy of Grief Counseling at the American Institute of Health Care Professionals (AIHCP), and in early 2021, she made the decision to offer online grief support groups. To learn more about Cindy’s groups and her work, visit her website at www.brightermourning.net. Pre-registration is required to join the support groups: www.brightermourning.net/register.
The groups are offered at no cost to participants and run once a week for eight weeks.
Discussion topics include the following:
- Signs of Normal vs. Complicated Grief
- The Grief Brain (neuro-networks “re-wire” occurs after a loss)
- Tasks of Grief
- What to do with memories
- Memento activity
- Why some relationships change after the loss
- Dealing with special days
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
- Risk Factors
- Signs & Symptoms
- Your Doctor Visits
- The Future of Dementia