We restore hope...one family at a time. May 23, 2016

Next week, we'll be celebrating Memorial Day. This three-day holiday weekend marks the beginning of summer vacations.

It's a fun weekend, usually full of recreation and picnicking. Let's be sure, however, to take time to give our respects and honor our deceased veterans.

Dating back to 1868 and originally called Decoration Day, May 30th was set aside to remember the soldiers of the Union and Confederate armies who died during the American Civil War. Later, the day was expanded to honor our deceased veterans of all wars. The name was changed and in 1971, Memorial Day became a federal holiday and was given the floating date of the last Monday of May.

Enjoy these last few weeks of Spring. The flowers are in beautiful bloom and the grass is getting greener. Many activities are planned in all the regions.

Thank you to our team-members, consumers, families, and supporters, for your love, compassion, and support!
In Observance of Memorial Day,
the Central Office in West Plains
will be CLOSED on
Monday, May 30th
4 Simple Habits
to Show Your Respect

There is so much diversity in this world we live in. Everyone has different likes and dislikes. People have different looks and styles. There are different beliefs and philosophies. There are different backgrounds and upbringings. Everyone has their own unique personality.

With all of these differences between people, it is so important to keep an open mind and have an appreciation of every persons' contributions to our world. When we do this, we strengthen our relationships.

Sometimes we may take for granted those who are the closest to us. We may treat acquaintances with more respect than those that we live with or see on a daily basis.

Remember these 4 tips when showing respect.

Listen - Everyone loves to feel like they are heard and you have a genuine interest in what they have to say. Truly listening means you eliminate your distractions (no TV, no cell phone, no computer) and make eye contact. Give feedback. Truly have a conversation.

Encourage - Everyone has a bad day. Being there with a little bit of support and encouragement is a powerful gesture.

Say Thank You - A simple "thank you" speaks volumes. When you say thank you, the other person feels their efforts, no matter how small or big, are appreciated. 

Be Sincere - None of the above would be effective if you aren't sincere. Truly mean what you are saying. Your tone of voice and body language says a lot as to whether you are sincere with your words or not.

With our busy and sometimes stressful lives, we may not always take advantage of opportunities to thank and show our appreciation to others. It's worth taking the time to express your gratitude. Not only do you make a difference for someone else, a wonderful thing happens, you feel better and have even more respect for yourself. 

One of our 3Rs is "Respect." How do you live and teach the 3Rs in your Region? Be sure to drop us an  email  and share your stories. 

Follow the 3R's
R elationship - R espect - R esponsibility
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Mandt Training Dates
The Mandt System is a comprehensive, integrated approach to preventing, de-escalating, and if necessary, intervening when the behavior of an individual poses a threat of harm to themselves and/or others.

Kirksville Region
June 16th & 17th
9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Kirksville Office
Jeff Smith, trainer


1515 E Pythian
Springfield, MO
Trainer: Tona Stanley
Tona.Stanley@dmh.mo.go v
Call Central Office to Register

9 am to noon
Your Choice of 3
different sessions:

June 7, 14, 21, 28,
July 5, 12, 19

August 9, 16, 23, 30
September 6, 13, 20

October 11, 18, 25
November 1, 8, 15, 22

June Dates To Remember
Here are a few dates to jot on your calendar. Some well-known, some not-so-well-known, and some just for fun.

June 3
National Donut Day

June 6
D-Day  Remembrance

June 14
 Flag Day

June 19
Father's Day

June 27
Happy Birthday to the Happy Birthday Song
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