The Power of a Friend

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I’ve just returned home from the Grant County YMCA after doing 45 minutes in the pool with one on my friends.  We get up at an hour that is usually reserved for emergency services, shift workers and bakers and take ourselves to the local pool to work out our aging joints—oh, and our mouths.  We talk and laugh and share advice as we stretch, walk and swim through our workout.

I’ve traditionally been a more solo exercise individual—until now.  I am ...

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Creating a Community of Safety

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Last week I was in the chiropractor’s office hoping for some headache relief after a quick crack of the neck.  As I waited my turn in the waiting area, a young woman signed in and sat down.  The woman who entered the facility immediately after her signed in and came to sit across from her in a chair.  She asked the first woman, “Does he get mad like that a lot?  He was really mean towards ...

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Start with Why

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This week our organization hosted a virtual fundraising event and our keynote speaker, Lee Prosenjak, from Simon Sinek’s organization, led us through “Start with Why”.  This provided us with the opportunity to think more deeply about WHY we do what we do.  At Family Service Society, Ed Pereira put it best when he said, “We work because every child deserves to be guaranteed these five rights:

  1. To have sufficient food to eat
  2. A physical and emotionally safe place to live
  3. To have sufficient ...
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Black and Blue on the Inside

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It can be easy to dismiss abuse when it is not physical. Yet, in the work that I do, I know that emotional and verbal abuse can be far more destructive than the physical hit that leaves a bruise or breaks a bone.

While that may be hard for someone who has never faced domestic violence to understand, if you listen to a survivor, most will say, it was the sabotage of their self-esteem and self-worth that left the deepest scars.

As ...

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Statement of Solidarity with Asian American Community

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Family Service Society, Inc. believes in creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive environment for all. The pandemic of the last year has been difficult for many, but it has added a new level of violence and discrimination for our Asian American individuals and communities. They have faced a substantial rise in racially motivated hate incidents during this time. As Rep. Young Kim noted at the hearing: “No American of any race or ethnic group is responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

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Children’s Mental Health and Telehealth

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This is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week and at Family Service Society, Inc. the majority of our clients are children and youth aged 0 to 20.  For FSSI, the mental wellness of our young clients is of primary importance because of the downstream impacts of poor mental health—lower economic achievement, lower academic achievement, relationship issues, poor physical health.

The Child Mind Institute has published its 2020 Children’s Mental Health Report: Telehealth in an Increasingly Virtual World.  There are both disturbing and hopeful ...

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Caring in 2021

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As we enter 2021 let’s learn from mistakes of 2020.

Let’s continue to wear masks, social distance and wash our hands often.

As part of my morning exercise routine at the YMCA, some days I do a virtual strength class in which once the trainer asked, ‘If you could go back to the day before and have a do over, would you? Would you improve something you had done the day before?’

I also ask each of you that question. Now that we ...

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Being Thankful

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As we gather around the dinner table this Thanksgiving let us truly be thankful for all the blessings we have been given.

I realize the dinner table may look different this year as the pandemic has caused many to reduce the number of place settings at their annual dinner. So, let us not focus on who we cannot be with in person, however, instead, how we can still creatively connect with those loved ones. And as we connect with our loved ...

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FSSI Statement of Solidarity and Action

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When I first learned of George Floyd’s death, I wept—deep, aching sobs.  I felt and still feel completely inept and ill equipped to be the right kind of ally.  I don’t have the right words or the right delivery.  And I’m so incredibly sorry.  While my understanding of my own white privilege has grown as I’ve purposefully undertaken the task of learning, I will never be able to grasp the fear and pain of historical oppression felt by my friends, ...

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Gains from Losses During Quarantine

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My son had a stem cell transplant from his sister on February 7th of this year in hope of curing his leukemia and he and I have essentially been quarantining ever since.  Wearing masks and gloves.  Constantly cleaning.  Avoiding crowds and spending an immense amount of time alone.  We often talk about how much we cannot wait to “get out” of this quarantine.  The other day we had a different conversation about what we had gained from losing our perceived ...

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