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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. 
 
November/December, 2018

In this Issue:

Congrats to All of the Families of Hope
 


 

Congratulations to ALL of our Families of Hope nominees this year, with a BIG shout out to the newly named Beacon of Hope, Milly Conklin!  

Since 2016 Families of Hope has recognized the achievements of the many families and individuals in Harford County who struggle financially, but  who are also working to
change their lives for the better.  The campaign also raises funds to support The SUCCESS Project services. The culmination of the event is the Celebration of Hope when one of the nominated families is named the Beacon of Hope. Read more about this year's event here.

Want to participate next year?  Find out more here. For info on how to nominate yourself or others, email info@theupwardclimb.org.
 

Meet the New Beacon of Hope
 

Milly Conklin, the 2019 Beacon of Hope, was nominated by the Adult Literacy staff at Harford Community College and coached by Shannon Scott of the Havre de Grace Housing Authority. Milly (right in photo) received her award from Nicki Biggs at the banquet.
Here is Milly's inspirational success story: "I was raised in Middle River and am the proud mother of three adult daughters and a grandmother to eight. A learning disability caused me to struggle in school so I did not have a chance to earn a high school diploma. At age 54 and with the support of my faith in God, Al-Anon, friends, and the wonderful team at HCC, I recently earned my GED and I'm currently taking classes with the goal of receiving an AA degree and the skills to get a better paying job. My family, faith and support network have helped me to achieve victory over my past challenges and I plan to continue with my education and career development. One day I plan to own my own home." Read more about Milly here.

Health Focus: 
Handwashing 101

It's officially the holiday season, a time for visits, hugs and handshakes with friends and family.  But it's also cold and flu season--and those same hugs and handshakes can spread germs and illness if they aren't clean. Did you know that the mucous membranes of your eyes, nose and mouth are how the majority of diseases enter our bodies? In fact, for respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases these are the only portals of entry. So touching these areas with your fingers can transmit illness to your own body as well as to others. This is why hand hygiene is so important.

To help prevent the spread of colds, flu, sore throats and more; and to keep you and your family healthy there are two golden rules:

  • Do not cough or sneeze into your hands (or into the air); instead, use your elbow to minimize airborne spread of germs
  • Avoid touching your "T Zone"  (eyes, nose and mouth) and wash your hands if you do.

In addition, you should wash your hands:

  • When you enter a home
  • Before & after eating
  • Before/during /after food prep
  • Before and after treating a wound or caring for someone who is sick
  • After blowing your nose
  • After changing diapers or using the toilet
  • After touching an animal, animal feed or animal waste
  • After touching garbage








 

5 Steps to Proper Handwashing

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
Use Hand Sanitizer Only When You Can’t Use Soap and Water

Sanitizers do not get rid of all types of germs and may not remove harmful chemicals like pesticides from skin.  They also may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy. Be cautious when using hand sanitizers around children. Swallowing alcohol-based hand sanitizers can cause alcohol poisoning if more than a couple mouthfuls is swallowed.

For more information about the importance of handwashing, visit the Center for Disease Control handwashing website.

End the Year with SUCCESS!

Our last SUCCESS classes of the year are happening in December. Every one is FREE and offers great info and fellowship. Check them out: 

December 5th--Learn what it takes to become a homeowner through Habitat for Humanity.
December 6th--Join the Parenting Group for holiday craft-making. Every registered attendee will make a holiday door wreath to take home.
December 15th--Evaluate your accomplishments from 2018 and update your goals for 2019.   Each family in attendance will receive a gift card.

Learn more about each session and register to attend here.
 

Need Help Getting Toys for Christmas?



Harford County Toys for Tots is still accepting Local Family Toy Request applications.

Apply online here until 12/15/18. 


Note: Once you are approved, you will receive an EMAIL with the date and time for your Toy Pick-Up Appointment.***You WILL NOT receive a phone call with your appointment time so make sure to provide a good email address.

How to Handle
Holiday Stress

The holiday season can bring lots of joy,  but it can also cause stress and depression from financial strain, tense family relationships, and endless to-do lists. Here's how to make things a littler merrier this year:
  •  Get outside and break a sweat.  Exercise helps decrease stress hormones and builds a more resilient body and mind. 
  • Focus on gratitude. Jot down a few things that you're grateful for, and set aside three to five minutes every day to meditate on what you appreciate in life.
  • Serve others. Volunteering is an excellent way to escape the trappings of your own stressed-out mind. If it's tough to squeeze it into your schedule, just try being kind to others by holding the door for a stranger or paying for the person behind you in the coffee shop.
  • Schedule downtime. In this 24/7 world, it is crucial to take periodic breaks Unplug, unwind by doing things you enjoy, and be sure to get enough sleep.




 
  • Keep it simple. No need to decorate every room or make everything from scratch. Instead, choose the three things that are most important for you and focus on those.
  • Make healthy food choices. Don’t abandon your health during the holiday season. Overeating could create feelings of guilt and increase stress. Likewise, overindulging in caffeine or alcohol won't resolve the issues. Too much caffeine can cause irritability while alcohol is a depressant which can make you feel worse.
  • Set aside differences. The holiday season is filled with socializing, which means we may be exposed to family members, coworkers and others who trigger negative emotions. Rather than allowing these feelings to cloud your holiday experience, set aside grievances and differences until an appropriate time for discussion.

You're Invited to the HDGHA Christmas Breakfast!

Saturday, December 8, 2018 9:00 am - 11:00 am

FREE breakfast and other fun festivities, plus Santa will be in attendance for photos!
Join us any time before 10:45am - No reservations required!

For more info visit the HDGHA website.

Budget Meal of the Month

Orange Stir-Fry Turkey

Got leftover turkey?  Here's something different to try!  You can use any leftover veggies from your Thanksgiving feast or just buy a bag of frozen assorted ones.  Fast, easy, healthy and yum-o!  PS-also delicious with chicken!

Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:10 minutes
Yield:4-6 servings

Ingredients for Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • optional sweetener like sugar, honey, agave, etc.
Ingredients for Stir Fry:
  • 1 pound turkey cut into cubes
  • pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • 4 cups vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, celery, mushroom, snap peas, etc.
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, chopped
  • olive oil
How to Make It
Blend  ingredients for the sauce first. Taste, then add pepper/sweetener to your liking. Heat for 5 minutes
 
  • Pull turkey off the bird carcass and sprinkle with corn starch.
  • Heat oil in the skillet on medium-high heat.
  • Cook onion approximately 3-4 minutes, then add turkey.
  • If using fresh veggies, boil first until soft enough to pierce with a fork then add to skillet. If using pre-cooked, add directly to skillet.  Be careful if it's frozen--the ice crystals will sizzle in the hot oil.
  • Once veggies are done, stir in the sauce with the vegetables and turkey.
  • Continue to add the sauce a few tablespoons at a time, allowing about 15 seconds between each addition to allow sauce to slightly cook down.
  • Spoon the stir-fry over a bowl of hot rice. Serve immediately.

The Freebie Report

Get Food and Healthcare for No or Low Cost:
  • December 1- Health Fair and Food Giveaway, 9 AM-12 PM at Mountain Christian Church, Abingdon. Get free health screenings, employment counseling, financial literacy, educational opportunities, mental health support, insurance programs, and more. 3465 Box Hill Corporate Center Drive in Abingdon
  • December 4, 11 & 18 - Groceries, cleaning supplies and health & hygiene items from the SUCCESS Pantry, 1-3 at HDGHA, 101 Stansbury Court, Havre de Grace
  • December 8 - 8:30am-Noon Free Car Seat Safety Checks. Call HealthLink to book your time slot: 1.800.515.0044 
  • December 8 - Food Distribution 9 – 11:45am at Bel Air United Methodist Church in McComas Hall, 21 Linwood Avenue, Bel Air
  • December 14 - 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
  • December 21 - Food Distribution, 5–7pm at the Tabernacle of Faith Family Life Center, 315A N. Earlton Road in Havre de Grace
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--Click here to see the location and time schedule.
  • Visit Healthy Harford for more free or low cost Health and Safety Events.

Affordable Housing 
Available


The Havre de Grace Housing Authority is now accepting housing applications for 1-5 bedroom units in their wonderful community at Somerset Manor.
Download forms here.
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