Last week we finished up our 4th Annual Boston Butt Fundraiser- and it went out with a bang. Our sales team sold a record number of Butts and we thank you all for making that possible! Our first Pigs, Prizes, & A Purpose event was a blast and we look forward to doing it again next year. Thanks to those who came and spent time with us. Congratulations to our friends Pam Matthews and Justin Blair who won our two gift card prizes and to Cathy Coe who won the $500 raffle prize!!
Most importantly, we wanted to thank our sponsors for allowing this event to take place. Check out their websites to learn more about the companies below!
Gold Level Sponsors
Hendrick Hoover Automall
Silver Level Sponsors
Bronze Level Sponsors
The Vestavia Voice recently published an article about a student led organization that is fighting youth drug and alcohol use. Included in this article were a few facts about teen drinking. We thought we might share a few with you:
- Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among youth in the United States, more than tobacco and illicit drugs, and is responsible for more then 4,300 annual deaths among underage youth.
- People aged 12 to 20 years drink 11 percent of all alcohol consumed in the United States. More than 90 percent of this alcohol is consumed in the form of binge drinks.
- In 2010, there were approximately 189,000 emergency room visits by persons under age 21 for injuries and other conditions linked to alcohol.
In this article, the number one tip shared was that parents should establish a trusting relationship with their child. This can help prepare families for a variety of struggles that almost every teenager will face during their years at high school.
Click here to read the whole May publication of the Vestavia Voice.
Yesterday, our country celebrated one of 10 federal holidays- Memorial Day. This holiday was known as Decoration Day, for the practice of decorating graves of fallen soldiers with flowers, wreaths and flags. On many occasions, Veterans are celebrated, honored and loved by most family members and friends.
We want to be able to show that same support to the men and women who have fought for our country and now are living among the homeless. So what can you do to help a homeless person who says they are a veteran?
Thankfully, in 2009 congress created several programs that would help end homelessness among veterans. While the US Department of Veterans Affairs has many VA Benefits such as education and training, employment resources, disability compensation and more, they are helping fight homelessness with a threefold focus:
- Conducting coordinated outreach to proactively seek out Veterans in need of assistance.
- Connecting homeless and at-risk Veterans with housing solutions, health care,community employment services and other required supports.
- Collaborating with federal, state and local agencies; employers; housing providers faith-based and community nonprofits; and others to expand employment and affordable housing options for Veterans exiting homelessness.
The list of opportunities for homeless veterans is extensive and includes things such as Mental Health services, Women Veterans Resources, Community Resources, Emergency Resources, Employment programs and more. If you come in contact with a homeless veteran you can do something right now, by calling the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 or go to VeteransCrisisLine.net. You can also encourage them to text 838255 for confidential support 24/7.
Sadly, we know many homeless veterans who do not want or accept the help that is offered to them. But all we can do is be prepared with the tools and resources that help get these men and women back on their feet. We hope you are too!
Visit the Veterans Affairs website to learn more.
“My life is just now starting to mean something to me.”
This comment was made just the other day by one of the guys we are working with. We have been able to provide him with housing, steady counseling sessions, different job opportunities, and people to walk beside him. He is in his 50s and has struggled with multiple addictions. He’s been homeless or living in an unstable situation for around 20 years now.
Time and time again, we find ourselves fighting for people when they do not really want to fight for themselves. But now, his life is starting to mean something to him. This is exactly what we fight for. So that our friends can see the meaning in their lives and so that they will fight for themselves!
We know he will still make mistakes and there will still be frustrations and failures that we must face with this man- because after all he is human. The bright side? Now we know it is not just us wanting something better for him, he wants this for himself! This may not seem like a big deal to some, but trust us- it’s monumental.
“I’m not great at the advice. Can I interest you in a sarcastic comment?” -Chandler Bing, Friends
Everyone remembers Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, aka the funny guy on the hit TV series Friends. What most people aren’t aware of however is his severe drug addiction. In this video, Perry is debating a journalist named Peter Hitchens on whether or not the addiction piece of using is a choice. While the top is supposed to be centered on drug courts, it quickly turns into a debate on this issue that has been and is being heavily looked at by people all over the world. The American Medical Association has defined addiction as a disease. What do you think?
Matthew Perry on BBC Newsnight
Two Frogs in a Pit
A group of frogs were traveling through the woods. Two of them fell into a deep pit. When the other frogs saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that they were as good as dead. The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit with all their might. The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs took heed to what the other frogs were saying and gave up. He fell down and died.
The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and just die. He jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs said, “Did you not hear us?” The frog explained to them that he was deaf. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time.
Moral of the story: An encouraging word to someone who is down can lift them up and help them make it through the day. One encouraging word can go a long way.
Although this story is a little corny, we are working on becoming better encouragers to the people we work with. We often forget how much weight our words carry- both good and bad. What we say to those that are struggling can at times determine the very next steps they take.
Prov 16:24 “Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.”
Prov 15:23 “A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!”