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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.”

6 Positive (& Practical!) Benefits of Wearing Face Masks

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Thu, 06/18/2020 - 02:28

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Like to smack your gum with your mouth wide open? NO PROB! Just think: Masks make it super easy to chomp your favorite Double Bubble without restraint. (But don’t try to blow a bubble. Because gross.)
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It's not actually fun to wear a face mask -- or is it? Here are some practical reasons why masks may actually be pretty awesome. See if you agree!

I get it: Quarantine fatigue is a thing, and it’s REAL. 

If I'm being honest, I'm tired of it all, too. But considering I'm an editor for Just the Positive (emphasis on “Positive,”), I thought I'd dig deep and offer some much-needed happy talk about my favorite new fashion accessory: face masks!  

I know, I know: They’re uncomfortable. They’re hot. They make your glasses fog up. They ALWAYS need washing. They’re hard to find when you need them.

Positive Steps You Can Take to Support Black Lives Matter

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Wed, 06/17/2020 - 21:49

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Intervene where racism persists. Stop people from jokes. Call out what you see. This is taking a moral stance against injustices. * Diaz Dixon
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Community activist Diaz Dixon shares his thoughts on the positive actions we can all take in support of racial equity and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Editor's Note: Beginning the day after the riot in downtown Reno that destroyed property and rocked our community, Diaz Dixon, CEO of the Eddy House and community advocate, took to Facebook Live. 

And every morning since then, he has posted a Facebook Live video with powerful words about racism, the struggles faced daily by people of color and the power of positivity. 

Staying Positive During Coronavirus

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Submitted by info_605 on Tue, 06/16/2020 - 21:23

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A great way to create positive emotions is by intentionally becoming aware of what you are grateful for. Start by making a list of things you are grateful for, then ask yourself how you can act in ways to show your gratitude.
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Family Behavioral Health offers 5 tips for staying positive during the COVID crisis — from validating your feelings to getting exercise.

If you are feeling anxious, overwhelmed, stressed, sad or even angry about coronavirus, you are not alone. We have all been affected in some way. Coronavirus is a global phenomenon, and Reno/Sparks, Nevada is not an exception. In a short span of time, our “normal” at home, school and in our community has changed.

Any change requires an adjustment. Abrupt change, like what we face with coronavirus, can lead to a rollercoaster of painful emotions. That is why we are sharing with you our top five things to do to stay positive during these trying times.

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.

Q&A with Reno Photographer Isaac Hoops

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Fri, 05/29/2020 - 14:34

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Capturing Positivity Through Art
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I love the people of Reno. There are so many creative and talented individuals in our city. *Isaac Hoops
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Photographer Isaac Hoops, a UNR student, has been capturing messages of positivity on the Silver Legacy and sharing them with the world.

When someone shares their talents with the world in order to put a smile on people’s faces, we think that’s an action worth celebrating. That’s why we decided to reach out to photographer and UNR student Isaac Hoops, who has been documenting the Silver Legacy’s messages of community support. He shared his work with the world — and even allowed us to use his image as our cover photo on Facebook. Here’s our conversation with Isaac about his art, his background and how he stays positive in the face of a global pandemic. 

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.

Cheerfully Giving to Help Others Get Through COVID-19

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Submitted by tiffany_464 on Fri, 05/15/2020 - 17:06

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Most of Catholic Charities' most well-known programs are operating
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We are open in many ways and ready to lend a helping hand to anyone who needs it.
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For more than 70 years, we’ve been helping people of all cultures and beliefs rise out of poverty and overcome the barriers to self-sufficiency while also protecting the health, safety, and well-being of our staff, volunteers, and community.

As our community continues to grapple with the ripple effects of the coronavirus pandemic, Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada continues on its mission to support all of those in need. For more than 70 years, we’ve been helping people of all cultures and beliefs rise out of poverty and overcome the barriers to self-sufficiency, while also protecting the health, safety, and well-being of our staff, volunteers, and community. 

Here's to the Magical Moms

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Sun, 05/10/2020 - 04:37

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Celebrating Mother's Day with Words of Gratitude
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“I love that my mom has always been tough as nails — nurses can be like that — but loves deeply and unconditionally." * Devon Reese
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For Mother's Day, we posed this question: "What do you love about your mom?" Here are your heartfelt answers.

My mom has created the world’s most magical backyard. 

I honestly have no idea how she does it. Even during quarantine, she manages to have fairy lights twinkling, hanging baskets overflowing with cascading flowers and an emerald green lawn. My 7-year-old daughter is 100 percent convinced fairies make their home there, and her 46-year-old mom (yes, I’m talking about myself in the third person) just about believes it, too. 

"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.

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