One of the biggest lessons from my own life-long struggle with mental illness, is just how lucky I am to have a supportive family and resources. While incomprehensible to me, the number of young people ostracized, or forced to "deal with it" on their own is staggering. It's not something that we can "snap out of", I can assure you. So in an effort to raise awareness and help to de-stigmatize, I ask you to please let these young people know that they are not alone. There is help, there are people who care...
"Born This Way looks forward, toward a future that supports the wellness of young people through an evidence-based approach that is fiercely kind, compassionate, accepting, and inclusive. We celebrate the individuality of those we serve and we revere the bravery it takes to reach out and start the conversation. Together, we’re building a community that provides approachable resources, fosters genuine connection, and drives action."
C'mon people, we can't have hungry people - PLEASE GIVE!
"The Feeding America network is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, working to connect people with food and end hunger. Donors, staff, and volunteers all play an important role in our efforts to end hunger in the United States."
Over the past few years, you no doubt have heard me mention Oasis, in Paterson, NJ. I refer to it as "my happy place", that I miss terribly these days...
Oasis is truly "A Haven for Women and Children". I can't say enough about the visionary Executive Director, Jennifer Brady and the entire staff - they care that they take, the skills they teach, the lessons they provide, the warmth and encouragement they bestow and the confidence they encourage are magical to see! While doing everything they can to maintain some sense of normalcy for their participants, Oasis has, in large part, been feeding the community of Paterson during these incredibly challenging times, in an exceptionally challenged and underserved community.
Please consider donating to Oasis - whether through us or their direct link below!
"Today we focus on: 1) education and training to help women enter the workforce and 2) after-school (and Saturday) programs that help children and teens excel in school, enter post-secondary education and training, and succeed in a career.
We continue to offer women and children hot meals, emergency food bags, clothing and the help of three on-site social workers.
Oasis is the only area organization offering this vital mix of anti-poverty services in a single location."