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Here's the latest info about local resources, workshops & other events to support you on the journey to living the life you envision. 
October, 2018
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It's Financial Planning Month

October is Financial Planning Month, an ideal time to set up or revise your household budget. A personal or household budget helps you plan for how your money will be spent or saved as well as track your actual spending habits. Though the word budget has taken on a more negative connotation over the years, invoking an image of pinching pennies or limited spending, a budget is really just a tool—and a great tool at that—to gain better and more accurate insight into your spending habits.

By listing all of your sources of income (jobs, child support, etc.) against all of your monthly expenditures--from required expenses like mortgage or rent payments to discretionary spending like eating out or going to the movies--you get a true picture of your personal cash flow, which will allow you to make better and more informed financial decisions. An accurate budget will also help you to answer that ever elusive question, "Can I afford it?"

This website has a great printable household budget worksheet to get you started.  

October Health Focus: 
Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. In fact, about 1 in 8 women born in the U.S. today will develop the disease at some point. The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer in the first stages when it’s easier to treat. There are also preventative measures each woman can take to minimize the risk of developing breast cancer.  These include: 

Exercising. As little as three hours of exercise per week, or about 30 minutes a day, a woman can begin to lower her risk of breast cancer. This doesn’t require going to a gym either. Power walking is more than sufficient!

Eating A Healthy Diet. A nutritious, low-fat diet (30 grams or less) with plenty of fruits and green and orange vegetables can help reduce the risk of developing breast cancer.

Quitting Smoking. Recent research in the last year (2012) has confirmed that smoking is a contributing risk factor for developing breast cancer. Additionally, second hand smoke is also a risk factor for cancer. So if you are a smoker, help yourself in a significant way and join a smoking cessation program to help you stop.

Drinking in Moderation. One drink per day has been shown to slightly increase the risk of breast cancer. Having more than one drink per day has shown to be a more significant risk factor, 

Limiting Oral Contraceptive Use. There is an increased risk of breast cancer for women who have been using birth control pills for more than five years. So if a young woman has a significant family history of breast cancer, her gynecologist may recommend taking a break for a year from the pill at the 5-year time frame then resuming again for another 5 years.

Avoiding HRT. HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) was added to the carcinogenic list by the American Cancer Society in the early 2000's. It is recommended that women with known risks not be placed on HRT to control of menopausal symptoms. They should instead seek other safer alternatives.
Learn more about the breast cancer risks specific for black women at this important seminar on October 20th.  Pre-register for a FREE mammogram!

SUCCESS Classes Are Back!

After a summer hiatus, our SUCCESS Classes are back! Lots of important issues will be discussed and services provided during the fall lineup of seminars and workshops including:

10/4/18 - Parenting Support Group: 5-7pm. Dinner included, a gift card to all attendees & free child care.
10/6/18 - Homebuyer's Information Session: 10am-Noon. Light breakfast, door prizes & free child care. 
10/9/18 - Healthy Relationships: 5:30-7pm. Free gift card to all attendees and free child care.  
10/18/18 - Fall Into Health: 10am-Noon. Light refreshments, snacks and resource bag to all attendees. 
10/20/18 - Vision Board: 10am- Noon. Free child care provided.
10/24/18 - Flu Shot Fair: 10am-Noon. Free Chick-Fil-A gift card to first 30 attendees.

RSVP to attend a session here:  

Reminder: HDGHA Trunk or Treat Party Oct. 27

Join us on Saturday October 27 from 4-6pm for our 2nd Annual Trunk or Treat Halloween Party on the grounds of the Havre de Grace Housing Authority. 

We had SO MUCH FUN last year watching the little ones in their spooky attire...and it was just as much fun decorating our cars!  Who will win the best decoration prize this year? 


Register your group here:


Costumes are available for children while supplies last.  If you have outgrown items contact Shannon at 410-939-2097 for info on
how to donate. 

Budget Meal of the Month

Shrimp Fra Diavolo

Shrimp Fra Diavolo recipes are can often be very spicy, but you can add or take away the heat by adding more or less red pepper depending on your personal preference. Be sure to use inexpensive medium-size shrimp in this garlicky, spicy classic. 

Price: $2.47 per serving

Pantry Checklist:
• Linguine
• Extra-virgin olive oil
• Minced garlic
• Medium shrimp (1 pound, peeled and deveined)
• Diced onion
• Crushed red pepper
• Dried basil
• Dried oregano
• Tomato paste
• Fresh lemon juice
• Canned crushed tomatoes
• Diced tomatoes (1 can)

How to Make It

Step 1: Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain; keep warm.
Step 2: While pasta cooks, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic and shrimp; sauté or 3 minutes or until shrimp are done. Remove from pan; keep warm.

Step 3: Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil and onion to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until softened. Stir in remaining 1 tablespoon garlic, pepper, basil, and oregano; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in tomato paste and lemon juice; cook 1 minute or until slightly darkened. Stir in crushed tomatoes, salt, and diced tomatoes; cook 5 minutes or until thickened. Return shrimp to pan; cook for 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Serve over pasta.

The Freebie Report

Get Food and Healthcare for No or Low Cost:
  • October 9, 16, 23, 30 - Groceries, cleaning supplies and health & hygiene items from the SUCCESS Pantry, 1-3 at HDGHA, 101 Stansbury Court, Havre de Grace
  • October 12 - EPICENTER at Edgewood Health Fair and Food Giveaway, 2-5pm. Food distribution begins at 3.  Free flu shots, vision screenings and more, 1918 Pulaski Highway in Edgewood
  • October 19 - Food Distribution, 5–7pm at the Tabernacle of Faith Family Life Center, 315A N. Earlton Road in Havre de Grace
  • October 20 - Food Distribution 9 – 11:45am at Bel Air United Methodist Church in McComas Hall, 21 Linwood Avenue, Bel Air
  • October 20 - Free Mammograms (Pre-registration required) 10am-2pm at Kaufman Cancer Center, 500 Upper Chesapeake Dr. in Bel Air. To register call 800-515-0044.
  • Affordable Dental Care at West Cecil Health visit for more info.
  • Healthy Harford/Healthy Cecil WATCH program WATCH is a team of community healthcare providers and social workers who visit residents in their home to help solve issues that might be keeping them from achieving their best health such as, transportation issues, difficulty taking medications correctly, safe housing, nutritious food, assistance with medical appointments and more, Services provided FREE of charge. More info at 1-800-515-0044.
  • Medical Transportation by the Harford County Health Dept Learn more here.
  • Harford County Health Department Care Coordination Plus –Links Harford County residents to health care, health insurance, language assistance, food access, appropriate housing, domestic violence, etc.
  • Stop Smoking Classes--visit the Community Resources section of our website for the schedule.
  • Visit Healthy Harford for more free or low cost Health and Safety Events.

Give the Gift of HOPE...Literally!

HOPE Candles and Melts are all-natural, non-toxic products made from 100% soy wax and crafted onsite by clients and staff. Their purchase will help our Families of Hope nominees on their journey to economic independence AND enhance the SUCCESS Project self-sufficiency programs that benefit Harford and Cecil County families! 16 oz jar candles are $15.90; 6-pack of melts is $5.30. Designate which nominee the purchase benefits when you order.

Enjoy the delightful fragrance at home or work and keep hope alive in others. 
Purchase your candles here. 

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