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Cereal Conversations in Shelter

By Ryan Koch, Program Manager I’m in the dining room at shelter with one of the newer residents. He is five.  He is navigating his cereal, and we are having a conversation. His favorite color is blue. And green. And pink and purple. He does like riding bikes. He does not like being a little brother. His mom is nearby and she smiles at him. My neighbor…

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The Courageous Act of Self-Love

As we embark on our healing journey, love must be at the center. Love is what unifies all of us, but our understanding of love varies. Often, we are taught how to love others way before we are taught to love ourselves. As a result, a lot of us turn to trying to find love…

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Books about self-love

All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks Find it at the Lexington Public Library and on Amazon.com How to Love by Thich Nhat Hanh Find it at the Lexington Public Library and on Amazon.com The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by…

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Announcing Project Rise

We are proud to announce the launch of Project Rise at our emergency shelter. Getting and staying sober takes courage and support, especially when the substance use co-occurred with intimate partner abuse. Research finds many survivors begin using to numb the physical and emotional pain of abuse, while others were forced to drink and drug…

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How do you know when you’re home?

By Ryan Koch, Program Manager How do you know when you’re home?  And how do you know when you are at work?  These questions have been bubbling up for me since I started working at shelter. Learning this job is like learning a language. It is humbling, a little overwhelming. I am not yet conversant. I have lots to learn, and even more to unlearn. I hardly know…

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New Monthly Handmade By Survivors Soap Club

Our new monthly Soap Club subscription makes a wonderful holiday gift for someone special! Q: What makes the new Soap Club special? A: Subscribers will receive a monthly bar of Handmade by Survivors soap, and each month’s soap will be different. Subscriptions are available for 3, 6, or 12 months, and every month’s soap ships…

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Let’s Talk about the GoodGiving Challenge

The 2019 GoodGiving Challenge happens Tuesday, December 3 – Monday, December 9. Bluegrass Community Foundation coordinates this week of online giving to grow good in our community. And we’re so excited because that’s exactly what your generous good gift will do in the lives of survivors. Our staff made a video series to share how…

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Colorful Days

My favorite days at shelter are those in which creativity is palpable. In and outside of the art world, what constitutes art is always up for debate. Yet to me, the way in which my brain processes the visual information relayed by my eyes is by default creative and almost always a form of art—Say,…

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GoodGiving Challenge: Your Gift Grows Good for Survivors

The 2019 GoodGiving Challenge begins on Tuesday, December 3. Bluegrass Community Foundation coordinates this week of online giving to grow good in our community. And we’re so excited because that’s exactly what your generous good gift will do in the lives of survivors: $25 Support Group for Survivors $50 Day of shelter for one survivor $100 Legal…

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Gratitude at GreenHouse17

Domestic Violence Awareness Month. #GivingTuesday. Good Giving Challenge. Holiday Mailing. Holiday Gift Drives. Holiday Store. It is a busy time of year for us, and really, all nonprofits are feeling it. On average, 30% of a nonprofit’s annual budget is donated in November and December! Most nonprofits begin planning their year-end strategy in October. Us included! Which coincides nicely with our…

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