Empowering Survivors: Healing, Hope, and Freedom

by Jen Pool, 4 min read This past week was Suicide Prevention Week; a week used to create awareness of this leading cause of death, and inspire people to learn how they can play a role in helping to save lives. In a world where adversity and trauma often linger and create long-lasting challenges, strugglingContinue reading “Empowering Survivors: Healing, Hope, and Freedom”

How Do I Even Start…?

Being a newcomer to the issue of human trafficking can feel a bit overwhelming.  I desire to make a difference, but I will say I am nervous at the same time.  I want to get it right!  The subject itself is very complex, so I do realize that I need to educate myself and putContinue reading “How Do I Even Start…?”

The RIGHT Kind of Awareness

By Wendy J Olson, Healing Coach, Founder + Executive Director of Grit Plus Gumption There has been a lot of chatter around the issue of human trafficking thanks, in part, to the movie “Sound of Freedom.” A couple of weeks ago, we, as an organization, released a public statement about our stance on the movie:Continue reading “The RIGHT Kind of Awareness”

Elevate. Engage. Effect Change.

By: Jen Pool Each year, the United States Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), leads communities throughout the country in their observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW). This year, NCVRW has taken place this week and lasts through the weekend, and the theme is “Survivor Voices: Elevate. Engage. Effect Change.”Continue reading “Elevate. Engage. Effect Change.”

No One Else Has Your Gift

By Wendy J Olson, Healing Coach + Founder of Grit Plus Gumption, 3 min read It is National Volunteer Week! Ok, so what does that mean? National Volunteer week was established in 1974 as a way of highlighting ways to be active in our local communities and the inspiring figures who make our world aContinue reading “No One Else Has Your Gift”

St. Patrick the…Slave?

“In my human nature, I was born free.” -St. Patrick By: Jen Pool Today we’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, the holiday held on the day of his death, but did you know that Saint Patrick wasn’t even Irish?  Patrick was born in Britain near the end of the fourth century. Around the age of 16Continue reading “St. Patrick the…Slave?”