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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. 
 
September, 2018
In this Issue:

Are YOU Ready for An Emergency?


Hurricanes. Fires. Floods. Wind storms. Blizzards.  Disasters can happen at any time and though its not a happy thing to think about, it is important to do so to keep your family safe. Since September is National Preparedness Month, now is an ideal time to review what to do in an emergency situation. Following are some tips to get you started, but visit www.ready.gov for more ideas and resources.
 
Step 1: Talk to your family about the different types of disasters that people in Maryland are most likely to face, including hurricane, fire, flood and extreme weather. Get educated as a family about how to respond during each type of emergency. The Harford County Office of Emergency Management offers information on their website: http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/220/Emergency-Preparedness.
 
Step 2: Make an emergency plan that includes discussion of the following details:
• Where you will meet if you can’t get to your home
• Who will be an out-of-area contact if local communications are disrupted
• Where you will keep extra medications for all family members and pets
• How to contact family, friends, emergency numbers and medical centers (make a list)
 
Step 3: Practice evacuating so all family members understand what to do in an emergency.
 
Step 4: Assemble emergency supplies that will last at least seven days. You don’t have to buy all of these items at once, you can collect them over time until your kit is complete. Items to stock:
• Water (1 gallon per person per day)
• Food (non-perishable)
• First-aid kit and medications
• Sturdy shoes and warm clothes
• Radio, batteries and flashlight
• Fire extinguisher
• Important documents and ID
• Toilet paper, personal hygiene items
• Tools
• Cash
• Pet supplies
 
Step 5: Prepare your home by inspecting the inside and outside to look for dangerous objects that could fall down during an earthquake. This includes tall shelves, glass picture frames and items stored in cabinets (especially toxic chemicals). If needed, secure these objects. Also be sure to install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Search for fire hazards, such as window drapes near heaters or appliances with frayed wires. Put fire extinguishers in an easily accessible location and teach every member of your family how to use it properly in case of fire.
 
While preparations can't stop disasters from happening, these tips can help prevent some as well as protect your family by providing them with a gameplan if something does occur.  

September Health Focus: 
Preventing Schoolborne Sickness

Now that school is back in session, schoolborne sickness is bound to pop up. Kids and teachers are in close contact in classrooms, cafeterias and playgrounds, so it is important to try and minimize the spread of germs.  A few things to build into your back to school routine:

Schedule a checkup for your child with a medical provider.
If you haven’t already, check with your doctor to make sure your child is caught up on their school’s required vaccines. A doctor’s visit would also be a good time to check on how your child is growing, get necessary  sports participation physicals and discuss health questions or concerns. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that kids six months and older get the yearly flu vaccine as they can be more vulnerable to strong infections. Although a vaccine doesn’t guarantee complete immunity, your child will have a lower risk of the flu, and a much better chance to fight it off more quickly if they get it.
 
Set a school night bedtime.
Immune systems function much better with a regular sleep schedule because  important proteins that fight infection, illness and stress are produced when a body is at rest. 

Sleep is also critical for a child’s developing body and brain (especially teenagers), and their ability to handle schoolwork and social demands. What's more, when kids get adequate sleep they lower their risk for becoming overweight and developing diabetes. Studies have shown that sleep-deprived kids have more cravings for high-fat, sugar and high-carb foods; and also tend not to move as much during the day so they burn fewer calories.

Stress the importance of good hygiene.
The number one way to avoid getting sick is throrogh hand-washing. Teach your children to wash their hands after using the restroom and before eating lunch or snacks. It’s also best not to share food and drinks, which can pass cold and flu germs from person to person. Encourage kids to cough and sneeze into their elbow or shoulder (better than hands!). Remind kids not to touch their eyes, nose or mouth—which allows entry for germs and viruses to spread at school and at home.
 
 For more tips on preventing schoolborne illness, check out the tips in this article.

Congrats to the Newest "Getting Ahead" Graduates! 


These six stellar ladies completed the curriculum in the "Getting Ahead in A Just Gettin' By World," a workshop that provides people in poverty with the information needed to end their poverty cycle by putting the concepts, tools, and relationships in the hands of people in poverty to make a difference in their own lives and in the life of their community. Read more about it here.
 

New "Getting Ahead" Class
Now Forming!


If you're tired of just getting by and ready to get ahead, this is the workshop you need!   The curriculum helps participants learn how to break out of the poverty cycle by introducing the concepts, tools, and relationships needed to change their lives.

We are reserving a few seats especially for  16 - 24 year olds who are not in school or working, so apply right away!

Save the Date for the HDGHA Trunk or Treat Party
 

Join us on Saturday October 27 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:  https://2018trunkortreat.eventbrite.com/
 

DONATIONS OF NEW OR GENTLY USED COSTUMES NEEDED!

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

Tex-Mex Goulash

Budget dinner price: $9.00
Makes: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground chuck
  • 1/2 box elbow macaroni
  • 1 small onion - diced (small or medium)
  • 1 small green pepper - diced (small or medium)
  • 8 oz. jar taco sauce (I used Old El Paso)
  • 3/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves - minced
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cumin
  • cayenne pepper to taste
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • olive oil

Directions
In a deep skillet brown ground beef, breaking it down as you go until almost cooked all the way through over medium to medium high heat. Transfer to a waiting dish. Drain fat.
 
In the same skillet add just a tablespoon or so of olive oil. Heat the pan over medium low heat then add the onion, bell pepper and garlic. Cook for a few minutes until the onions soften.

Next add in the taco sauce, spices, tomato sauce and ground beef. Give a good stir.
Let this simmer covered for about 20-30 minutes.

While the beef is simmering cook your pasta according to the manufacturer's directions. Drain the pasta and you can add it right into the pan with the beef mixture. Stir well.

Serve in bowls or on a plate with perhaps a salad on the side.

The Freebie Report

Get Food and Healthcare for No or Low Cost:
  • September 21 - Food Distribution, 5–7pm at the Tabernacle of Faith Family Life Center
     315A N. Earlton Road in Havre de Grace
  • September 25 - Groceries, cleaning supplies and health & hygiene items from the SUCCESS Pantry, 1-3 at HDGHA, 101 Stansbury Court, Havre de Grace
  • September 28 - Wage Connection Employment Information Expo, 9am-Noon 975 Beards Hill Road, Aberdeen
  • October 4 - Second Chance Job & Resource Fair, 10am-2pm, Epicenter of Edgewood, 1918 Pulaski Highway
  • October 6 - Freedom’s Shred Day, 9am-Noon (or until truck is full). Limit of 4 boxes; please no business materials. 2019 Emmorton Road, Bel Air
  • October 11 - Harford County Job Fair, Noon-4pm, Ripken Stadium 873 Long Drive, Aberdeen
ONGOING
  • Affordable Dental Care at West Cecil Health visit WestCecilHealth.org 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!

AVAILABLE FOR A LIMITED TIME: HOPE Candles and Melts! These all-natural, non-toxic products are made from 100% soy wax 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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