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June 2021


Welcome to thrive! 
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Here's the latest on services, programs and resources to help you become the best version of yourself.

Take Control of Your Finances!

The SUCCESS Project Has Partnered with Banzai and APGFCU
to give you access to this great program!


Looking for FREE financial management guidance?  You got it!  This tool offers a series of financial literacy programs that covers essential need-to-know topics like creating a household budget and saving for college, as well as other areas of interest such as responsible use of credit cards and how to buy a home

Expert advice. Convenient to access, Completely confidential.   Check out Banzai today!

COVID-19 Vaccine Mythbusters

There are now THREE authorized and CDC recommended COVID-19 vaccines available at no cost! This is what the world has been waiting for to end the pandemic and return to normal life. 

But rumors about the vaccine are causing some to hesitate about receiving the vaccine.  This helpful link can shed some light on what is true and what is false.  Find answers to your questions here.

Pre-Order from The SUCCESS Pantry

Need groceries or other household items?  You can now pre-order from The SUCCESS Pantry! Use the QR code below to place your order.  Pickups are on Tuesdays from 1-3 at the HDGHA office, 101 Stansbury Court in Havre de Grace.
Amazon Discounts for SNAP Recipients

If your family uses SNAP benefits you can get additional help with food and other essentials using your SNP EBT card. Register at


Third Stimulus Payment Available

The IRS is currently issuing a third EIP to every eligible American. EIPs, also known as stimulus payments, are different from most other tax benefits; people can get the payments even if they have little or no income and even if they do not usually file a tax return. This is true as long as they have a Social Security number and are not being supported by someone else who can claim them as a dependent.
YES! Even if you are homeless or unbanked
you can receive the third EIP!


FREE Training Class
Registration Open for Humanim's Administrative Assistant Course

Summer Snack Club Now Operating
Households with children 18 and under can stop by once a week for activities, goodies and a bag of food to take home. Learn more at

5 Coping Tips for Summer Depression

SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is often associated with winter months, but 1 out of 10 people who experience SAD do so in the summer.  One of the reasons for this could be due to more sun exposure.  Sunlight can actually decrease melatonin production in the body, and melatonin is a hormone that plays a vital role in mood regulation. Reduced melatonin can also cause disruptions in sleep.  Other factors that can lead to summer SAD include financial worries like paying for cooling costs or a vacation; lack of childcare for children not in school; and anxiety over body image.

Here are a 5 tips to help cope with summer SAD:

  1. Find Darkness and Stay Cool. Some research indicates that people with summer-type SAD may struggle because of the high temperatures and other uncomfortable environmental factors, like intense sun or high humidity; so lower the blinds and turn on a fan or AC during the hottest parts of the day.  It could also help to walk around an air conditioned shopping center or to see a movie.
  2. Maintain a Set Schedule. The shift in routine during the summer--from scheduled and rigid to unstructured--can be a trigger for summer depression. If you like order and routine, keep it up for the summer. Set specific times even for regular tasks, like getting up, eating, showering, working out, and doing chores.
  3. Focus on Getting Enough Sleep. Summer SAD often causes insomnia, but adequate and high-quality sleep is essential for both physical and mental health. To combat this, try to set a regualr bed time, avoid using a computer/phone/tablet right before sleep, and avoid coffee, alcohol and heavy meals just before bed, too.
  4. Exercise Regularly. Staying active is a powerful way to combat depression any time of year. During the summer try doing things indoors or swimming.
  5. Plan Fun Activities. What you may want to do during a summer depression is hide inside and isolate yourself from others, but it’s important to be social and supported. Make an effort to spend time with family and friends in whatever type of situation makes you comfortable and do activities you enjoy.

Comcast Joins EBB Program

Comcast is participating in the federal government’s Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program, a temporary benefit to help eligible low-income households connect to the Internet and stay connected during the COVID-19 crisis. This temporary benefit can be applied to all tiers of Xfinity Internet service, including Internet Essentials, and is available to both new and existing qualified customers.

Eligible consumers can receive a discount up to $50 a month off the cost of broadband service. If you're an Internet Essentials customer, you automatically qualify for the Emergency Broadband Benefit and simply need to enroll in the program. Learn more at

  10 Ways to Observe Mens' Health Month

June is National Men’s Health Month, a yearly reminder to support the fathers, brothers, son, uncles, grandfathers, and male cousins, neighbors and friends in your life to take care of their bodies by eating right, exercising, and working to prevent disease.  Here are 10 tips to boost men's health at any age:
  1. Hang Out With Friends and Family-- Research shows that social ties can help you survive health problems, make you happier, and even prolong your life. 
  2. Quit Smoking--As soon as you stop smoking, you start to decrease your risk of developing chronic diseases including lung cancer, heart disease, stroke and COPD.
  3. Eat A Healthier Diet--Too many fatty foods and sugary drinks increase your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and cancer; plus you’ll risk packing on the pounds. Instead, work on eating more vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, and whole grains.
  4. Get Active--Exercise can reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, colon cancer, and other health problems. It can also keep your weight down and sharpen your judgment. 
  5. Unplug--Small amounts of stress can energize you and sharpen your ability to perform well. But too much stress over time can cause serious physical and mental health problems. To de-stress, get some exercise, meet up with friends, take a break from the phone and computer screens.
  6. Get More Sleep--Sleeping seven to nine hours per night can improve your work performance, your physical safety, and your body’s ability to fight disease.
  7. See A Doctor--Even if you feel fine, regular checkups and screenings are vital for protecting your health by helping to spot signs of serious diseases and conditions early, when you have a better chance of successfully treating them. You’ll also be more likely to find problems before they cause painful or bothersome symptoms. 
  8. Lend A Hand--Studies have found that helping other people can decrease blood pressure, stress levels, and chronic pain. It can also reduce your likelihood of having depression and can even help you live longer. 
  9. Use Sunscreen--Men are twice as likely as women to develop the most common types of skin cancer—basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma. because they spend an average of 10 more hours in the sun every week than women do...and they aren’t as likely to use sunscreen. Luckily, skin cancer is highly preventable. Make it a habit to wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  10. Limit Alcohol--Happy hour can be a fun time and a good deal. But too much alcohol can lead to injuries, cancer, psychological problems, damaged relationships, and high blood pressure. Try to limit alcohol to two drinks—such as a bottle of beer or one and half ounces of hard alcohol—per day. 

Senior Centers Have Reopened


Harford County Senior Activity Centers are now open five days a week. They will be open Monday through Friday and no appointments or masks will be required.

The centers are also offering two FREE programs starting in July:
The Stepping On program is an eight-week fall prevention course offered at the Edgewood Senior Activity Center on Thursdays beginning July 8, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Maximum enrollment is 14. For information or to apply, please call the Edgewood Senior Activity Center at 410-612-1622.
The GeriFit class is a seated strength-training class. It will be held at the Edgewood, Havre de Grace and McFaul Senior Activity Centers beginning in July. Times may vary by location. Maximum enrollment is 25 per location. To register, contact the specific center directly.
Visit the Harford County Office on Aging to see full schedules for each Senior Center location. 

Build A Family Bond this Summer

Positive relationships between parents and children are important for all areas of children’s development, and are based on being in the moment, spending quality time and building trust. Your relationship with your child will change and develop as your child grows and develops, but creating a foundation of mutual trust and open communication starts when they are small.

Summer is an ideal time to foster a better relationship with your child.  A slower schedule and longer days provide lots of opportunities to walk, talk, and learn about each other. If you are looking for kid-friendly and FREE ways to spend time with your kids this summer, here are a few fun ideas:

Playgrounds: Pack a picnic and visit any (or all!) of these free playgrounds in Harford County.
Fly A Kite: at the beach or an open ballfield, its easy and fun.  Here's how to make your own kite.
Look at the Stars: Looking at the stars is always free, so find a cloudless night and download a free astronomy app to identify what you see.
Watch Movies for Free: Visit Shamrock Park in Bel Air for their free family movie nights; or you can get free movies with your Harford County Public Library Card via Hoopla.
Visit a Museum: The Baltimore Art Museum and Walters Art Gallery have free admission, or you can just walk around the American Visionary Art Museum.  Check out other Baltimore sites to visit at no cost here.

Coming Next Month: Bike Camp!

Riders must be

  • At least 8 years old by the start of camp and have a disability
  • Able to walk without an assistive device and sidestep to both sides
  • Able to attend all sessions during the 5-day camp
  • Under 220 lbs. and have a minimum inseam measurement of 20" (measured from the floor with sneakers on)
  • Able to follow the outlined COVID guidelines for iCanBike Camp
Participants will attend the same 75-minute session each day where they will be assisted by trained staff and encouraged by two volunteer "spotters." Volunteers Needed! Must be 15 years old. 

Campers and volunteers register online at
Space is limited: $50 per camper
Questions? Contact Rachel Harbin, Disabilities Coordinator
410-638-3373 or

The Free Sheet

  • July 9 Food Giveaway at The EPICENTER of Edgewood, 11am-2pm 1918 Pulaski Highway Edgewood, MD 21040
  • July 17 Food Giveway at The EPICENTER of Aberdeen, 10am-1pm
    21 Aberdeen Shopping Plaza
  • July 24 Food Giveaway at Mountain Christian Church, Abingdon campus, 9am-Noon, 3465 Box Hill Center, 21009
  • SUCCESS Pantry Orders--Email to request deliveries of items from our pantry. Click here to order.
  • Medical Hotline - University of Maryland Medical Systems 24/7 Nurse Hotline, 1.888.713.0711
  • COVID testing - at  the Harford Co. Health Dept. Learn more  at
  • Mental Health & Addiction Counseling - Klein Family Harford Crisis Center 24/7 walk-in/urgent care for mental health and addiction issues. 1.800.NEXT.STEP 
  • Health Insurance - Call SeedCo 1.866.492.6057
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