Housing Authority

Yesterday Charlotte got to hear a presentation from the Winnebago County Housing Authority and came back to share what she learned. These included-

  • most people make it through the housing authority’s programs in about five years
  • the housing authority serves people of all ages
  • the housing authority is beginning a new initiative for foster youth who age out of care
  • the Winnebago County Housing Authority and the Rockford Housing Authority are different entities
  • the housing authority is currently seeking someone for its Board as a representative of Boone County

For more information see this page from their brochure or visit them at http://wchauthority.com/.

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RosecranceConsider these situations, given as examples of people in need of support in recovery, published at Elements Behavioral Health

  • Amy, 26, and the mother of two small children, has been in recovery for nearly a year. An alcoholic, she still feels the trigger of Friday night drinking at the bar with her friends. She’s looking for an alternative way to socialize with others that doesn’t involve drinking or drugs.

  • John, 56, just completed his treatment program and is now in recovery. He’s scared he won’t be able to last a few weeks, since his drug cravings are now raging again and the fact that his live-in girlfriend still uses. He’s desperate for help.

  • Bonnie, now in her mid-30s and a former meth abuser, who was also addicted to prescription drugs, doesn’t believe in 12-step meetings. She has a lot of friends who are still using, some of whom have relapsed, and others who attended meetings and they didn’t work. Although she goes to work at her job every day, she’s exhausted all the time from the stress of trying to stay off drugs. She doesn’t know that to do.

  • Warren, late 60s, just got out of jail (a 30-day incarceration). All that time he was clean, and he hopes to be able to stay sober from now on. But he’s worried because he doesn’t have a safe place to stay, someplace where he’s not exposed to drugs and alcohol. He also needs to find a job.

  • Carlos has a mild form of schizophrenia, along with an addiction to heroin. He’s had difficulty in recovery because he’s afraid to discuss things going on with him. He feels that if he does, he’ll be locked up again. He’s very tempted to go back to drugs, even though he wants to stay clean.

  • Janice, a well-put-together 40-something mother of three teenagers, is also a compulsive gambler. Her finances are in ruins because of her addiction and she’s slowly trying to get back on her feet. She suffers incredible guilt because she’s gambled away her children’s college fund and feels the pressure to recoup it quick.

  • Only 18, Kris has completed Wilderness training and treatment for relapse for his addiction to drugs and alcohol. He wants to return home and go to community college, promising to stay away from his drug-using friends. His parents are skeptical and want him to go to school out of state. Kris says he’ll find new friends that are clean and sober and needs help to stick to his plan.

  • Sonya, 32, married for 12 years but no children, loves her husband but still feels drawn to her pattern of having sex with strangers while she’s on the road (she’s a pharmaceutical rep). She attends Sexaholics Anonymous meetings when she can, but the lure of the encounters is too strong. Her husband will divorce her if he finds out she’s cheating again.

    To support people experiencing similar situations and many, many more consider participating in Rosecrance’s “Every Step Counts” 5k. Open to all ages.

Not Alone

From the Daily Hampshire Gazette

“But the question I want to ask is not which impossible choice my abused neighbor should make. I want to ask: What can we do to prevent domestic violence, a public health crisis that strikes one in four American women and kills nearly 800 American women every year?

The mom in this news story has four children. Statistically, those children are at higher risk of being abused or becoming abusive, in part because experience suggests that it will be harder for them to identify the early warning signs of abuse – like extreme jealousy, controlling behavior, rigid adherence to gender stereotypes and a sense of entitlement.

We need to step up our domestic abuse prevention efforts in schools. Many of us talk to our own children about what makes a relationship healthy. But this is not enough. A public health crisis needs a public response. We invest in public education. We teach children how to read, to write, to analyze, to lead. But all of this effort can end up wasted if their lives are destroyed by domestic violence.”

This video, put together by a high school student, gives some insight into how many people are experiencing domestic violence in the United States-

Farmers Market and Wellness Fair

TableToday Boone County CASA had a table at the Farmer’s Market and Wellness Fair held on the campus of the Boone County Health Department. The fair was great, there was some awesome business and nonprofit presence, but it was hot…sweltering actually. And, this year, CASA didn’t have an awning.

However, the wonderful firefighters, who had put up their own awning, offered to share. Even though they had to deal with two emergencies while they were there, they still found time to help out the CASA ladies. So appreciated!

RaffleMore and more people have been buying 50/50 raffle tickets, and the pot is growing every day. Have you bought yours yet? If not, you can stop into the office or head over to our link and pay online.