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Weekly Greetings from Darlene

This post is part of our COVID-19 Response series to provide regular updates on services for survivors during this public health crisis. “We understand that this is a difficult time for all folks in our community. We first and foremost want you to know that we are here for you, our doors are open, and…

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Weekly Greetings from Darlene

This post is part of our COVID-19 Response series to provide regular updates on services for survivors during this public health crisis. There’s lots of people who still care, and are here to support all of us in this time. Our shelter is here for those whose home isn’t safe. I want you to know…

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Tending to the Garden of the Heart

[sgmb id=”1″]  Life can get messy, just like a garden.   When we find ourselves unable to manage or needing to let things go that no longer serve us, nature is the ideal place to be. Gardens seem to always feel like home, whether you’re from the country, the city, or somewhere in between.  “Well first…

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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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