Help Nonprofits Do Their Work, Without (Too Many) Conditions

It's been a challenging year for Child and Family Services, with revenues decreasing and regulatory requirements increasing.  It feels like nonprofit business as usual, with both these issues faced by nonprofits of all kinds here in northern Michigan and throughout our state and nation.  Many of us have as our mission society’s biggest, most intractable human challenges—poverty, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, clean, safe … Continue reading Help Nonprofits Do Their Work, Without (Too Many) Conditions

Childhood Trauma Linked to Poor Health

We know there are many things that contribute to poor health: smoking, bad diet, sleep deprivation, a lack of exercise. But did you know that exposure to traumatic events as a child also contributes to poor health later in life? Childhood trauma has been linked to things like cancer, obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and depression. Studies are increasingly showing us that things like physical, verbal, … Continue reading Childhood Trauma Linked to Poor Health

Spring Brings Higher Suicide Rates

By the time you’re done reading this article, someone will probably have died by suicide. Every 16.2 minutes of every day, someone will kill themselves, leaving at least six people around them in pain.[1] That’s an alarming, yet important statistic. Contrary to popular belief, many studies show that spring brings with it the highest rates of suicide. As the gray turns to blue and the … Continue reading Spring Brings Higher Suicide Rates

A Foster Care Story

He was removed from his mother’s care when he was three due to abuse and neglect.  He spent two months in foster care, then was placed with a relative.  That arrangement changed after a few months when he was removed from that relative and placed with his great grandmother. Eight months after moving in with his great-grandmother, and more than a year after being removed … Continue reading A Foster Care Story

Overcoming the Blues

If we are lucky, the holidays are a joyous time – filled with family, laughter, and love.  But for many, the holidays can bring stress, anxiety, loneliness, and depression. Financial burdens, family troubles, awkward gatherings, and high expectations intruding on an already full schedule can be overwhelming. Here are some ideas for dealing with these “holiday blues:” Find someone to talk with. This could be … Continue reading Overcoming the Blues