Health and wellness are the ultimate goals that Doors of Hope has for its clients. New clients are often burdened by a variety of health and wellness issues when they first enter the program ranging from dental/vision issues, to neglected annual wellness visits with a physician, to poor nutrition habits, to limited physical activity, to other compromised health issues resulting from addiction, to never-before-addressed mental health issues; the list could go on and on. How best to address these issues varies from client to client. Often what appears to be the most presenting symptom is really the end result of a snowball-effect of neglect. A perhaps extreme example might be the client who avoids eating raw vegetables because her teeth are a combination of hurting, broken, or missing because of years of meth-amphetamine abuse because she just wanted to escape or disappear because she hated herself because she never developed any coping skills to process the depression, pain, and fear of having been molested as a child. In that case, the prescription for health and wellness might involve a nutritionist, a dentist, an alcohol and drug counselor, a physician, and a psychiatrist. While the details behind each client are different, the majority have suffered from some level of neglect in all of the areas that contribute to their overall picture of health and wellness.
Doors of Hope is always seeking qualified folks who are willing to give of their expertise and time to help clients heal, recover, and thrive. One such volunteer answered the call to health and wellness in a delightful way by initiating a homemade meal night on Mondays at one of the L.I.F.E. Program homes. On these nights, she would prepare health-conscious meals for clients, while involving them in menu selection, shopping, and preparation. Clients from all Phases, as well as other volunteers, would all enjoy a meal together, and then we would adjourn to another room for some form of sharing and instruction led by the L.I.F.E. Team Leader. “Community”, as this Monday night tradition has lovingly been named, hits on some of the key components of health and wellness. The obvious nutritional piece is satisfied followed by group meeting where victories are celebrated and challenges are processed and solutions/plans of action are suggested.
I am certain that everyone associated with “Community” will join me in thanking Nancy Hoffman for her contributions to the health and wellness of Doors of Hope’s clients. Nancy is moving out of state to be nearer to family, which includes a new grand-baby, and we wish her all of the happiness that new life entails. Nancy’s sweet and tender disposition will be missed, but the tradition of Community will carry on. What a wonderful legacy she is leaving behind!
The Sogno Project
Our 2015 Fall Concert is
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD at Tucker Hall from 7-9:30
The Sogno Project was created as a way to raise money for your local community while bringing awareness to Music & the Arts.