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Doubling Down on HOPES

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Tue, 06/23/2020 - 13:47

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“They’re dealing with health and addiction issues and a number of other problems, but it’s always a happy place. Clients, employees and volunteers are treated well.” *Bob Lissner
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Donations made to the Northern Nevada HOPES COVID-19 response fund in the month of June were matched (up to $25,000) by local developer and HOPES volunteer Bob Lissner.

Self-proclaimed workaholic Bob Lissner was looking for a place to share his experience and abilities after retiring from his position as the founder of Lifestyle Homes. He found that and more at Northern Nevada HOPES, where he has been volunteering for many years.

“I believe in their mission,” he says. “They’re providing medical care for people who wouldn’t otherwise have access.”

Talk It Out Tuesdays Provides Good Information During Difficult Times

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Thu, 06/04/2020 - 17:13

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“The way to alleviate that anxiety and stress is to talk about it. It’s important to reach out and get help.” ~Rachelle Pellissier
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Crisis Support Services of Nevada helps tens of thousands of people through crises every year. And the need for their services became even more critical as our community and the world were impacted by a global pandemic, forcing many to face additional health and economic challenges.

For many, the global pandemic has been a crisis “perfect storm” — economic struggles, fears about health and personal challenges all coming together at the same point in time, resulting in unmatched emotional and physical turbulence.

Doorstep Disco Brings the ‘Funn’ (and Philanthropy)

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Tue, 05/26/2020 - 12:21

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“They’re encouraging people to pay it forward, and spread joy and laughter with their music.” *Wendy Mulligan
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Dancing is a great way to shake off the pandemic blahs. And DJ Funn is here to help you do just that — all while benefiting the community and a local charity.

Think back to every wedding, prom or birthday party you’ve ever been to. What made it fun? Of course the people did, but what else? I’m guessing it had something to do with the fantastic, exactly-right-for-the-occasion tunes — the songs that required you to get up and dance, or at least tap your foot.

"They’re way smarter and more capable than I realized"

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Wed, 05/06/2020 - 14:44

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Pandemic Inspires Local Parents to Discover Insights About their Kids
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“I have learned that my children actually like me and I like them too. I’m enjoying hanging out with them, playing games, cooking, baking, watching movies. Who knew?” ~Kate C.
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Though it can be difficult being cooped up with our families 24/7, these are also opportunities to learn more about them.

It’s safe to say that none of us received training on how to parent during a global pandemic. And most of us have had limited experience, if any, at home schooling. Yet here we are. As much as we love our kids, it can be — um, challenging — to be cloistered in such close quarters with them 24/7. And we think we can all agree that most teachers should be paid much, much more than they are.

With all that in mind, here are some of the insights local parents have learned about their kids while they all #StayHomeForNevada.

Close Quarters Bring New Realizations About Our Partners

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Mon, 04/13/2020 - 14:39

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“Now that Cassie has licked her cancer and her sense of humor has returned just in time, now more than ever I so appreciate her company.” ~Steve Funk
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Being stuck at home comes with a fair amount of challenges, but it can also be an opportunity to learn more about our partners.

Yes, many of us are trapped at home — and we’re spending the kind of time with our families that we probably never have before. While that can be challenging, it also gives us a chance to learn surprising things about the people we love.

We reached out to our Facebook friends to ask them what they’ve learned about their partners during this crisis.  

It’s About Time (With Our Kids)

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Mon, 03/30/2020 - 16:37

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"So while it’s difficult to stay at home and feel all of life’s uncertainty right now, we are enjoying the time together very much.” ~Jessica Santina
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While the coronavirus pandemic has upended the world in many ways, it has also given us an opportunity to spend the kind of quality time with our kids we may not have had before.

It’s not often that all of us face the same crisis at the same time, though obviously we’re all experiencing it in different ways. One thing that has changed for many of us is that we are spending significantly more time with our children. And while this does come with its own set of challenges, it’s important to remind ourselves that this is also a wonderful opportunity.

Non-Profits Help Our Neighbors in Northern Nevada

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Sun, 03/29/2020 - 17:22

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"We’re inviting them to call us and tell us what they need, and we’ll help them however we can.” ~Lisa Bonie
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Local non-profit organizations are working during the coronavirus pandemic to help the most vulnerable among us.

It’s no secret that times are tough right now. But our community is strong — and our non-profits, stronger in their resolve than perhaps ever before!

Just as they always have, local non-profit organizations are working through this crisis to help the most vulnerable among us. Here are just a few organizations (out of hundreds) doing the heavy lifting during a very scary time.

Positive Resources in the Time of Coronavirus

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Thu, 03/19/2020 - 17:19

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“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” *Mr. Rogers
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Whether you’re looking for a job, help keeping your children entertained or a good restaurant meal you can have delivered, we’re here for you.

(Last updated May 15, 2020)

As we’re wishing one another positive vibes, good health and virtual high fives from a safe six feet away, it’s a good reminder for us to consider Mr. Rogers’ approach to disasters:

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

Interviewing Our Elders for Their Obituaries

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Tue, 02/11/2020 - 23:40

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"It’s very important for seniors to retell their stories.” ~ Dr. Wendy Scheinberg-Elliott
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Interviewing senior family members for their obituaries gives them a chance to share the important parts of their lives, but it also gives you a chance to bond with them while they’re still alive.

I wrote my grandmother’s obituary a few weeks ago. While it made me sad to know that she’s no longer with us, I was very proud of what she accomplished in her 96 years on this planet. And much of what I knew about her life I learned from interviewing her for her obituary.

Taking Pen to Paper

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Thu, 01/23/2020 - 08:00

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The Power of Handwritten Notes
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"…Nothing holds as much personality, or as much of a person's essence, as their handwriting.” ~Carmen Thomas
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While the digital age has made communicating easier than ever before, nothing beats using good old-fashioned pen and paper to let someone know how you feel about them. Here, our readers share some of their thoughts about the importance of handwritten notes.

In our digital age, it can be difficult to remember to slow down and write handwritten notes or letters, let alone mail them. Do people even still have stamps lying around anymore?

While texting and emailing is easier, neither has quite the same effect. And because they happen so rarely, they’re even more valuable. There’s also the benefit of being edit-free, as being unable to edit does tend to reflect the more genuine and authentic you.

Here are just a few reasons to consider investing in cards, a pen and stamps.

The ‘Why’ of Handwritten Notes

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