Sleep Out! Team Spotlight – Columbus Gives Back

Columbus Gives Back Team

 

Columbus Gives Back is a nonprofit committed to making volunteering easy, accessible, and fun for young adults in the Columbus community. They have a team of employees and volunteers that are coming together to Sleep Out! and support our mission.

  • Why is your team sleeping out on April 12th, 2019? Columbus Gives Back is sleeping out because we believe that no youth should have to experience homelessness. We hope to raise money and awareness about this issue in our community and the resources available at Huckleberry House.
  • What does your team hope to gain from the Sleep Out? I hope that our team gains a sense of understanding of what it is like to sleep outside at night if you don’t have anywhere to call home. Experiencing homelessness by way of a simulation such as this, can bring attention to this issue in ways that a report or an article cannot. I hope our team can use this experience to be better advocates for these causes in the future.
  • What brings your team together for this event? We’re a diverse group of individuals united by our love of volunteering and making Columbus a better place. Our community will never achieve it’s full potential without addressing youth homelessness.

Support the Columbus Gives Back team in their commitment to raise $1,000 and Sleep Out! to end youth homelessness in central Ohio. Donate to their team page HERE or register your own team and raise awareness and funds HERE.

Knock Out Poverty

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Last year, United Way of Central Ohio and 40 community partners raised over $260,000 to Knock Out Poverty together!

This year, the team has expanded to more than 70 players, and there are even more ways for us all to win. It is a two-week friendly fundraising competition with opportunities for organizations to win up to $10,000 in bonus pool money. 100% of each donation goes to the organization you designate.

1 in 3 people in central Ohio lack the income to meet their basic needs. But you can be part of the solution. Join us and the United Way of Central Ohio in the fight against poverty by supporting our team to #KnockOutPoverty! Every dollar counts. Go to KnockOutPoverty.org and donate to Huck House to make an impact today!

Sleep Out! Team Spotlight – Starr Avenue Superstars

Kellie and Pete, along with their teenage niece, make-up the Starr Avenue Superstars, just one of the many teams sleeping out on April 12th, 2019 at COSI. Learn more about them and why they are participating!

  • Why is your team sleeping out on April 12th, 2019?  We are participating in Sleep Out! because there are homeless teens in Columbus, and we will continue to do so until there are not.  Being homeless, especially through this brutal winter, is unfathomable for most of us.  The least that we can do is bring some attention to the problem and, hopefully, pull in some resources to help solve it.
  • What does your team hope to gain from the Sleep Out?  We hope to wake Columbus up about homelessness, especially where teens and young adults are involved.
  • What is your relationship to Huck House?  I have been on the board for at least 12 years, and Kellie now works part-time for Huck House

Help the Starr Avenue Superstars reach their fundraising goal of $3,000 by donating HERE. If you interested in participating in the Sleep Out! or making a team of your own, you can register HERE.

Walk with a Doc

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Three of our young people (ages 17-22) in our Transitional Living Program participated last night in a walk and conversation with a health specialist. The topic was stress reduction, which is very difficult for our young people who have been recently homeless and/or victims of domestic violence.

The therapist had them identify their stress tolerance meter, physical manifestations of stress and what things trigger each stress level. Then she had them think about physical, creative, social and relaxation coping skills and had them each do a type of guided imagery exercise.

It was a great conversation and opportunity to get outside and enjoy the snow. We are very thankful for Walk With A Doc and their vision for communities to access medical providers on a regular basis and receive valuable medical advice that extends beyond physical activity. To learn more and see where you can join or start a walk visit here.

Love and Healthy Relationships – Jaida Green

Written by: Jaida Green, MSW, LSW, Family Support Program Therapist

Love: [noun] “Strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties” (Merriam-Webster, 2019). Such a simple definition for a complex topic. Love is complex issue that people of all ages, races, and gender are faced with on a daily basis. This is especially true for the young people that we serve at Huckleberry House. As a therapist, people assume that the majority of what I talk to our youth about are topics such as depression, anxiety, and anger. While this is true, something that is also frequently brought up with our youth in therapy is love and healthy relationships. Being young and falling in love for the first time is sometimes a tough transition; finding out who you are as a teenager is difficult enough. Add learning how to love, and it is often twice as difficult. There are two specific lessons focusing on love and health relationships that frequently come up for our youth – “The Five Love Languages” and “Healthy Boundaries”.

Generally, there are five categories of ways that people prefer to both express and receive love. These categories are acts of service, gifts, physical touch, quality time, and words of affirmation. Acts of service are considered completing tasks that ease daily responsibilities (i.e. doing the dishes, making dinner, etc.). Gifts are self-explanatory, however it should be noted that the gifts don’t have to be over the top. Gifts can be small things that have thought and effort behind them and make the person feel loved. Physical touch is typically thought of as sexual contact, but this can also be things like hugs, pats of affection, or even holding hands. Quality time is spending time with a person while giving them your undivided attention. For many people this is one on one time doing things like going out to eat or talking over coffee. Lastly, words of affirmation are positive comments or things that are commonly thought of as nice to say (i.e. “You look great today,” or “I love you”). If you’re interested in finding out more about love languages, click here to take a quiz for yourself, or your child. You will need to click on the purple box that says “Learn your love language”.

Love PyramidAs mentioned above, healthy boundaries are also a common piece to consider when discussing healthy relationships. Knowing when to say “no” is something that can be difficult at any age, but is especially true for some of our youth. Often, this isn’t a conversation that is explicitly had with our youth outside of sexual consent. Knowing when to say no in other areas of a relationship and knowing what’s important to you has proven to be helpful as well. It’s also important to be assertive in relationships, specifically when setting a new boundary. An additional piece to having healthy boundaries is having respect for yourself and others. Arguments can sometimes be about winning, but that’s not a helpful mindset. Instead, helping all involved to feel that no one person’s needs are more important than the other can help to make arguments less confrontational. Lastly, considering the long term implications or consequences of an interaction can help to establish healthy boundaries. This allows for you to think more deeply about the situation and how to communicate respect. It should be noted that a relationship should not be one sided where one person is constantly giving or taking. Healthy relationships are born out of understanding, not only of yourself but also, the person you are in a relationship with. Whether it be a romantic relationship, friendship, or a relationship with a loved one, taking the time to learn more about yourself and the role you play, as well as the other person involved, can help to foster a positive healthy relationship.