We restore hope...one family at a time. October 31, 2016
   

Did you know that Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday, with Christmas taking the #1 spot? With Halloween candy sales over 2 billion (yes, billion) annually, it's no wonder. 

It's a holiday where both the young and young at heart have fun dressing up in their favorite costume. The ancient Celts believed that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween. It is believed they started the tradition of wearing costumes to avoid being recognized as human by the spirits. The Celts would also put out treats and food to appease the spirits.

Wonder what the ancient Celts would think if they saw our t rick-or-treat and Halloween activities? 

We hope you have a safe and enjoyable time tonight. If you are going out with the kiddos, here are some reminders to keep everyone safe!
  • Wear something reflective
  • Carry a flashlight
  • Don't eat any candy until it has been checked by an adult
  • Make sure little ones can see well (masks have large enough eye holes to see out of, hats not covering eyes, etc)
  • Always look both ways when crossing streets
  • Only go to homes with their front porch lights on

 

        
We'd love to hear from you. Feel free to respond to this email and let us know how you spent your Halloween evening.
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Great Job!
Exceptional Bookwork Award Winners

Exceptional Bookwork Award Update - Starting this month, there will be a winner drawn from EACH REGION every month. Everyone nominated by their Program Manager throughout the year will be eligible for a BIG drawing at the end of the year. So keep up the excellent bookwork!

September 2016 Exceptional Bookwork Award
Winners

Julie Johnson - Central MO Region
Ron Robinson - Springfield Region
Brek Snyder - Kirksville Region
Gaila Tackitt - West Plains Region

Congratulations, winners! You each receive a special gift card, compliments of Restoring Hope. Also, congratulations to everyone nominated for their great work in September.
   We notice!
It's Scary How Much
Fun We Had!

 
Restoring Hope hosted a "Kic kball Cookout" in Lincoln, Missouri in September. Playing against each other in a fun game of kickball were teams comprised of Host Home Families, Relief Team Members, Program Managers, and Consumers.

The game, food, and fun brought together people from Warsaw, Sedalia, Warrensburg, and Lincoln regions where everyone developed new friendships. For many, it was not only a first to be playing kickball, but also they were meeting those from other regions for the very first time. 


Restoring Hope of Central MO brought hot dogs, chips, cookies, and drinks for all. It was a time of lightheartedness celebration for the teams. A huge success!

One of the most touching moments of the entire day was the care and compassion displayed by this 12-year-old boy helping this 25-year-old Consumer make it around the bases on the field (see photo below). This young man is definitely displaying all 3R's with one gesture: Relationship, Respect and Responsibility. 
 
His act of kindness warms our hearts and is truly an inspiration. It's amazing how a little food and a game of kickball brings regions together in such a heartfelt and meaningful way.


Follow the 3R's
R elationship - R espect - R esponsibility
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Important
Training Dates

TOOLS OF CHOICE TRAINING-SPRINGFIELD
November Training on Tuesdays
November 1, 8, 15, 22
9:00 a.m. to Noon
Springfield Regional Office
1515 E. Pythian
Springfield, MO
Trainer-Tona Stanley

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TOOLS OF CHOICE TRAINING-SPRINGFIELD
November Training on Wednesdays
November 2, 9, 16, 21
9:00 a.m. to Noon
Springfield Regional Office
1515 E. Pythian
Springfield, MO
Trainer-Tona Stanley
TOOLS OF CHOICE TRAINING-WEST PLAINS
Fall Training on
Fridays
November 4, 11, 18
December 2
9:00 a.m. to Noon
408 Washington Ave.
OzSBI Center
West Plains, MO
Large Conference Room/Boardroom
Trainer-Jill Pietroburgo
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  November 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.

November 1
Family Literacy Day   

November 4
 Nat'l Candy Day  
 
November 11 
Veteran's Day   

November 17    
Nat'l Take A Hike Day

November 24
Thanksgiving

November 26
Small Business Saturday
 
November 29
Nat'l Day of Giving

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