Being a kid can be tough – especially when your daily surroundings are influenced by socio-economic factors, poor access to proper nutrition, lack of adult supervision, and trauma. There is a place where youth can go where they can feel safe, get help, and learn new skills to increase their chances of success in their home, school, and community. That place is The Kauffman House! The Kauffman House (formerly known as Shelter Care) is an 8-bed community-based residential facility that serves both male and female youth between the ages of 10-17. The Kauffman House is licensed by the State of […]
Watch Your Tongue!
Most of us are taught at an early age to watch how we speak around other people to avoid hurt feelings or embarrassment. But over time, certain vernacular seeps into our language and it becomes comfortable using words that, for some, can hurt. We may not even realize we’re doing it, especially when it comes to talking about mental illness. Mental illness, like any other chronic illness, does not define those diagnosed with it. Mental illness is simply something a person must deal with daily, learning the symptoms and stressors and ways to manage it. Yet, in our society, we […]
Your Words. Your Power. Choose Kindness.
Someone you know is facing a substance use disorder right now. How we talk about substance use in our everyday lives has an impact on how likely that person is to seek and successfully complete treatment. Adjusting our language is one of the simplest ways we can support each other and reduce stigma and discrimination. Your words. Your Power. Choose Kindness. Your Words. Your Power. Choose Kindness. – Flyer
So here we are in a new year. Normally, we would have made some resolutions, something to improve upon our old selves from last year. Some of us might have even kept those resolutions for a month or two! But last year was such a strange roller coaster ride that making resolutions seemed almost silly this time. Everything we really wanted to change seemed to be far beyond our control. It occurs to me that what we really need to work on is our resilience. The more that we got bashed about emotionally last year, it kind of got harder […]
A Thrill of Hope…
Mary Lindqvist/KHDS As I sit here writing this on a cold, grey day, I’m looking back at how we all managed to survive the mess that was the year 2020. No one could have predicted the almost constant onslaught of surprises the year threw at us, both personally and professionally. Certainly, I had my own share of curveballs to contend with as I’m sure you all have. It’s like that in the non-profit sector too. Many of our programs rely on part time workers who, unfortunately, found themselves left with little to no hours due to the Coronavirus restrictions placed […]