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Gaslighter – New song from The Chicks draws attention to intimate partner abuse

Gaslighter, the new release from The Chicks, is climbing up the charts and getting plenty of attention. The song’s title and lyrics also raise important awareness about the dynamics of intimate partner abuse. Maybe you’ve never heard the term gaslighting or wonder exactly what some of the lyric lines mean. We’ve analyzed everything here, verse by verse. Even though this song has been released to the public space, we’ll honor confidentiality and await comment from…

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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 I’d like to start with how “at-home” I feel in the garden. See, I had to move and leave mine…

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It’s time to let love grow – Summer Flower CSA

The birds are back in town, so that means blooms are just around the corner. Early member registration is open. Follow this link to sign up today! It’s almost our favorite time of year here on the farm! If you’ve ever had the chance to visit our farm, you know it’s pretty magical. Holding space for survivors to heal and grow with nature means the world to us. And it brings us joy to share…

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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 gets a little serious. Then he says this: “Wuv you.” “What, baby?” not sure what he is saying. “Wuv you.” “Oh. Oh.…

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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 in things outside of ourselves. For many people who’ve never practiced self-love, it can feel overwhelming and, at times, a…

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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 Brene Brown Find it at the Lexington Public Library and on Amazon.com Good Vibes, Good Life: How Self-Love Is the…

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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 by their abuser. Project Rise will address these challenges by co-locating a Certified Peer Support Specialist working at our emergency…

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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 how to describe the spirit of this place. One linguistic shortcut is to say that I work in a place that is…

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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 for free. Staff and survivors on our handmade team are developing new soaps and even testing shampoo and lotion bars.…

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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 much your gift to the challenge matters. Lots of wonderful matching and prize days are planned throughout the big week…

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