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Financial Navigators Help Overwhelmed Nevadans Find Financial Footing

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Mon, 08/24/2020 - 14:39

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"The volunteer Financial Navigators helped my family with resources and relief from the financial and emotional stress that many of us are currently facing.” *Former Financial Navigator client
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Opportunity Alliance Nevada Financial Navigators are helping people experiencing financial hardship find resources, budget and regain their financial footing.

Do I pay rent or buy food?

I’m behind on my mortgage, what do I do?

I can’t make my student loan payments.

If money concerns like these have overwhelmed you in recent months, due to the COVID-19 pandemic or for any reason, there is help. Free help. Available from Opportunity Alliance Nevada (OANV) and their team of Financial Navigators.

Village on Sage Street Reaches 100% Occupancy

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Thu, 08/20/2020 - 16:36

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Bridge housing community now home for 216 people
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"This is probably one of the best places I have ever lived at in my life. I know it’s not a regular apartment, but it’s a good place." *Damian Knox
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One year after its grand opening, the Village on Sage Street is now home to 216 grateful lodgers.

One year after its grand opening, the Village on Sage Street is home to 216 people, many of whom were living in a shelter or on the streets. Now they reside in a safe, comfortable dorm-style community they can afford. 

4 Fast Fun Facts with Contributor Don Butterfield

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Sat, 08/15/2020 - 21:59

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We are a small enough town where people can pitch in and contribute to make a difference. *Don Butterfield
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Get to know Don Butterfield, one of the first contributors for Just the Positive and Director of Business Development for Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital.

We're starting a new series on Just the Positive called "4 Fast Fun Facts," where you learn a little about the fabulous contirbutors to our boucing baby website. For our first edition, we're spotlighting Don Butterfield -- one of our very first contributors and the Director of Business Development for Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital. 

Are You Looking For a Family-Friendly Way to Go Camping?

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Submitted by lisa_624 on Tue, 07/21/2020 - 14:35

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Sierra Nevada Journeys has you covered with the expansion of Family Camp.
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"You mean I can relive summer sleepover camp WITH my kids? You mean I could get in that camping trip I promised them without having to pitch a tent or cook on a camp stove? Sign. Me. Up.” *Lynnette Bellin
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Sierra Nevada Journeys, a STEM education nonprofit, is making the best of its situation by opening Grizzly Creek Ranch for families to get outdoors and go camping.

With the travel restrictions due to COVID-19, many families are staying close to home and have turned to camping as an alternative to other types of vacation. Additionally, the RV dealerships are seeing an increase in sales by 30 percent over last year. With this influx of new campers and several months of closed campgrounds this past spring, it has been challenging to secure a camping reservation for this season.

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.

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. 

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. 

iCelerate – High Sierra Industries Makes Face Masks for Families in Need

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Mon, 04/27/2020 - 13:52

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"We identified a need in our community and put our assembly skills to the test to produce more than 1,100 washable face coverings for families." *LaVonne Brooks, CEO iCelerate – High Sierra Industries
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In an effort to help families in need, HSI put their assembly skills to work helping families obtain face coverings through partnerships with Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, Food Bank of Northern Nevada and Custom Ink.

Many Northern Nevadans are developing newfound skills in the art of sewing face masks as a result of the current pandemic. And while healthcare workers, grocery store employees and neighbors are often the recipients, one population is particularly vulnerable when it comes to falling through the cracks for receiving these potentially live-saving tools: families in need. 

To address this important population, iCelerate - High Sierra Industries (HSI) went to work.

The Bearded Warrior

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Submitted by Lindsey_580 on Fri, 04/24/2020 - 15:40

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“It is hard to sit still and wait. He feels good, and the warrior in him just wants to get right back into the game.”
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Jonah Howell was a force to be reckoned with on the field, and everyone knew it. The full-bearded, 16-year-old, cornerback earned the nickname “The Bearded Warrior” after two years on his high school’s junior varsity team. But when Jonah was diagnosed with cancer in December of 2019, he was terrified of losing his hair and signature look that inspired the nickname.

Jonah Howell was a force to be reckoned with on the field, and everyone knew it. The full-bearded, 16-year-old, cornerback earned the nickname “The Bearded Warrior” after two years on his high school’s junior varsity team. But when Jonah was diagnosed with cancer in December of 2019, he was terrified of losing his hair and signature look that inspired the nickname.

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