Harm Reduction

For the past eight months, I developed and coordinated a transitional housing, psycho-social rehabilitation program. I loved every bit of it, and saw some incredible progress from individuals who were living with mental illness, addictions and experiencing trauma. The programs ultimate goal was to move individuals along the housing continuum, from shelter living, to stable and permanent housing.

It was one of the few programs that ran from a harm reduction standpoint. The men in the program were allowed to be intoxicated or inebriated and stay in the program, as long as they did not bring substances into the rooms which they occupied. What they chose to do outside of the residence was out of our control. Continue Reading

Final Exams: 2017 Grads

Exam time! The campus halls are lined with stressed out students cramming for the next test or reliving the answers from the one they just completed.

Exams often mark the end of a semester or a school year but they can also mark the end of a journey and a start of a new beginning. This month our grads share their exam time feelings and how it’s evolved since they first sat down to their first exam.

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Becoming an Adult: 2017 Grads

College prepares you for the real world.

We’ve all heard this before. Students juggle school, work, family, friends, and everything in between. This balancing act provides you with the skills necessary to survive in the real world.

Our three 2017 grads are back to share their experiences over the year. This month, we asked our grads what they think are the stresses of being an adult, how they’re preparing for life after college, and any similarities or differences they are anticipating.

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New Day, New Lesson

magnify glassThere are many aspects of my job that involve skills other than that surrounding electrical knowledge. In many cases, when I go to a service call, I wear the hat of a detective.

“What was going on when you started having problems? How long has this been going on for? Can you show me what you had plugged in and turned on when this happened?”

Part of fixing the problem is finding one. But what do you do when there is no problem to find? Continue Reading

Staying Stress-Free During the Holiday Season

ribbons-and-bowsDo you start to feel a bit stressed during this time of the year? I have a December birthday so I don’t usually like to talk about the holiday season until after my birthday celebrations are over with. Unfortunately, with that, I begin to feel extremely busy with a bunch of last minute Christmas errands. This usually results in some stress, which isn’t great in general, but especially not around this time of the year.

Here are three things that may be at the top of your Christmas stress list and some tips to help you de-stress so that you can enjoy this time of the year for what it truly is. Continue Reading