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Radiant with Hope

Be Radiant with Hope: Family Facts and Encouragement

Romans 15:13J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS) 13 May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace in your faith, that by the power of the Holy Spirit, your whole life and outlook may be radiant with hope.

Radiant with hope is a great phrase. This world, this nation, and our states seem far from radiant with hope.  It can seem irradiant, dull, ghostly, dim, and dismal.  Yet, friend, we can be radiant with hope. We can see a better day, a better future, a better life for us and others.  It is a perspective and a perspicacious follow through of hope that guides us. We have seen better. We have overcome worse days in our personal life and will conquer more.

Some; however, have not see better days. Maybe they have not lived long enough or in enough variety to understand what can and cannot be conquered.  That leaves a destitute attitude based on factoids and fears.   Friend, we can give them something different only if we have it ourselves. Stir it up.  Shake off the dust.  Remember from whence you came.  Let the radiance of hope be stirred in you and through you to others.

May the Fatherphilheadanimation of all Comfort stir up a hope inside of you that pours radiantly over your friends, family, and coworkers in a manner that brings hope and joy to all.  Phil

Celebration of Life and Family: This Spring, we are celebrating life rachellesmalland family at SOLUM.  Our hope is radiant as we witness the power of evidence based approaches coupled with compassion and persistence in struggling individuals and families.

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Family Facts: The rise of prescription drug addictions, death, and family destruction is interlinked with the rise of heroin. Together they are having a devastating effect. Alternative forms of healthcare and recovery are needed.

“A lot of times family members just think that there’s just a ‘say no’ type approach, that if you’re not gonna get high, end of story, it should be all better, let’s go back to life as we knew it. They fail to understand that sometimes…we quit being the family member that loved ones thought we were. We become somebody else.” Mike M.

The abuse of and addiction to opioids is a serious and challenging public health problem. Deaths from drug overdose have risen steadily over the past two decades and have become the leading cause of injury death in the United States.1 Prescription drugs, especially opioid analgesics—a class of prescription drugs such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, and methadone used to treat both acute and chronic pain— have increasingly been implicated in drug overdose deaths over the last decade.2,3 From 1999 to 2013, the rate for drug poisoning deaths involving opioid analgesics nearly quadrupled.4 Deaths related to heroin have also increased sharply since 2010, with a 39 percent increase between 2012 and 2013.5 Given these alarming trends, it is time for a smart and sustainable response to prevent opioid abuse and overdose and treat people with opioid use disorder.   ASPE Health and Human Services Report

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It Can Be Done When You Help – Young Families In Need

Source: It Can Be Done When You Help – Young Families In Need

It Can Be Done When You Help – Young Families In Need

Last week, we turned away two families in need.  Impoverished, struggling, kids in foster care.  These children face the bleak realities of a life in foster care that results in 85% incarcerated, 99% with less than a college education, and a repetitious cycle of destruction.  All these families need is a few months of coaching and parenting classes. We turned them away.  Our funds are insufficient.  The state allocates no monies to help them where they need it. The county allocates no money to help them where they need it. Each depends on the faith community and non-profits to fill the gap.  Our hearts are bigger than our bank account.  The stream at our doorstep never ends.

It can be done when you help.

Sure, there are other “parenting” classes.  But, what they need is a passionate provision of coaching and workshops that engage them and allow them to heal and step forward. They are sent to us because we see results.  We see turnarounds.  We see families reunited.

It can be done when you help.

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“In nearly 80% of low-income families with young children, parents do not have a postsecondary degree, which dramatically highlights the need to equip parents who have limited education with skills that can help them earn a family-supporting income. Additionally, the report emphasizes the need for federal and state agencies, along with businesses and community- and faith-based institutions, to work more closely together so that the whole family can succeed. ” Ann E. Casey Foundation  http://www.aecf.org/blog/nearly-half-of-americas-families-with-young-children-struggle-to-make-ends/

Would you sponsor a family?  To provide a loving and effective workshop for a family costs $450.00.  We already have raised the first $100 through local United Way support. We already have raised the second $100 through corporate donors.  We already have raised the third $100 through donated facilities.  Either you or the family pays that last $150.  When the family does not have it, they suffer.  The children suffer for a lifetime.

Really, I told the families to go ahead and register.  Something told me you would make up the difference.  So here is your opportunity. There are ways to help.  Fill out the form below and click Submit.  I will get back with you so you can give either secure online or by check.  (or just go direct now…)