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Showing that we care may be making a card with stickers or beads. It may be an act of service. It may even be something we give to ourselves.
Recently participants in our Single Parent Family Program enjoyed sessions with various types of caring. On a weeknight, PCHAS partnered with another nonprofit, Drug Prevention Resources, to learn about the benefits of self-care. A local counselor brought along her therapy dog to encourage everyone to relax.
Then parents worked with staff in setting goals and reminders to take care of themselves, both when under stress and as a way to prevent stress. Sometimes self-care can be as simple as remembering to drink enough water or pausing a minute or two for a breathing exercise.
That evening, parents were able to focus on themselves because volunteers Darlene, Mary and Kandi helped the little ones practice “animal yoga.” Between giggles and a few animal noises, children became aware of regulating their bodies and emotions. The volunteers also assisted the children in making valentines for their parents.
At another location, on a Saturday morning, volunteers Sarah, Yaislyn and Akshay helped our kiddos create valentine cards. We must admit that caring showed itself with sugary treats and chocolates, too.
The Single Parent Family Program aims to give struggling single parents a chance to raise their children in a safe, nurturing environment where they can all succeed. Depending on the goals of the parents, the program includes employment assistance, parenting education, counseling and nutrition training. For more information about this program, or volunteering, contact us.