What Were you Wearing?

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The next time you are tempted to ask what someone was wearing when they were raped, instead ask whether or not consent was given.

To assist in the visualization of this message, Hands of Hope has partnered with 11 different organizations for this critical campaign.

Nationally, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and locally, Hands of Hope wants people to realize the importance of consent in relationships.

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Airtag Stalking

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I want to inform you of a rising issue: Airtag stalking.

The Apple Airtag is a coin sized device that can help locate personal items that rolled out last year. While these devices were created with the intention of finding lost items, they are now frequently being used by stalkers to track the location of people.

The Airtags seem to be most often hidden in cars to track a person’s location. If an Airtag has been separated from its owner ...

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New Year! New…Org?

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Well, 2022 certainly started with a BANG!  On Friday, January 21st, Family Service Society, Inc. and Grant Blackford Mental Health, Inc. jointly announced our strategic partnership to the community that we’ve been actively working toward for over a year.  This is such an extraordinary milestone to have met along our journey to fully implementing our vision of a unified team advancing mental wellness in Grant County and beyond.

GBMH and FSSI have been working closely with an independent consultant over the ...

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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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Rediscovering My Ground

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It’s been 19 months since our son had his stem cell transplant for acute lymphoblastic leukemia and yesterday he texted me:

“How am I alive? Was just reflecting on everything we have been through.  It’s crazy.”

I occasionally look at the photos and videos from that timeframe and frankly, I don’t know the answer to his question.  Some will want to invoke God’s will; some will recognize Will’s innate drive ...

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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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When You Know Better, You Do Better

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A signature statement throughout all of Family Service Society is “when you know better, you do better.”  This is how we challenge ourselves to always be learning and improving.  Our continuous improvement path leads us to seek the best possible solutions for clients including those from Hands of Hope who are domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault victims and survivors.  Five years ago we set out to learn more about how to better serve this population as we could see ...

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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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Growing Independent

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A wise man recently told me that I should be 95 percent happy and 5 percent sad that our oldest daughter has relocated to Austin, Texas for her first professional job.

I am extremely proud of her and all her accomplishments and know that she will do well in her architecture career.

I told this wise man that whenever I feel a little sad I think about how I did the same thing after graduating from college in Nebraska, taking my first ...

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Celebrate Father Figures

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Like the country song “My Boy” by Elvie Shane, says, whether or not a child is yours biologically, you can make a significant impact if you have been placed in that child’s life.

The song talks about how he doesn’t have his smile or his eyes, but that’s ok, he intends to be at that child’s sporting events and other important milestones.

As we celebrate Father’s Day this month, let’s remember to thank those who may not be biologically ...

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