Making families resilient

By Jessica Dempsey

September 20, 2017 12:17 PM

The Holdens took part in the kick-off for the Simple Connections, Stronger Families project on Saturday at Weaver Park. The family took part in the many activities available to help build family resiliency. JESSICA DEMPSEY LLS PHOTO

YLLMyHome has officially launched their new Simple Connections, Stronger Families project.
The project aims to support families while building their resiliency.
“We were responding to the community needs, that we need to be more connected as a community. We need to look at those really simple things we can do to get connected and get support to build our resiliency,” said Lorelee Marin, co-chair YLLMyHome.
On Saturday they kicked off the project with a BBQ and day of fun family activities.
Krista Holden and her family came out to take part in the day.
“I think it’s important to have connections within the community,” she said. “As a family that has struggled from time to time, it’s nice to have those connections because if you do need support you know where to go, and it really takes a community to help support a family.”
From checking out the kick-off event, Holden said the activities looked great and helpful.
“Our little guy is four, so it’s a perfect way to start introducing it to him, and also so he knows when he grows up and has a family, that there are supports, you don’t have to do it by yourself,” she said.
Holden noted the big things she learned from the event was that there were resources out there.
“It’s nice to know for a community our size we have some amazing resources and some amazing community organizations that are doing some really cool things and really supporting the early years, which is important,” she said.
Some of the activities the new project promotes are writing down three things you are grateful for, be kind to yourself, play a game together instead of watching television, and much more.
Marin said she hoped families knew how hard they already work in their daily lives.
“I hope they recognize they do a lot of things right already. They are already doing things to build their resiliency, but they could discover some new things they could add to their toolkit or to their daily practice,” she said.
Simple things such as positive affirmation, being kind to themselves, and self-care are all part of resiliency.
“It just exposes them to that broader message around things they can do, or help them celebrate the things they are doing already,” said Marin.
The idea is to have family agency services to use these tools that are provided by the project.
The resources for the Simple Connections, Stronger Families can be found online at www.yllmyhome.com.

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