We restore hope...one family at a time. July 25, 2016
    
   
Here we are...right smack in the dog days of summer. It's the time where you are out enjoying cook-outs, swimming pools, and vacations. 

You've got a busy schedule, but please remember that you may know someone that does not have air-conditioning. It is easy to take for granted the modern convenience of air-conditioning, but some of your neighbors may not have the luxury available. With temperatures in the upper 90s and heat indexes into triple digits, this hot weather can be very dangerous.

During these super-hot days of summer, be sure to check on your friends, family, neighbors. The elderly is especially vulnerable to the extreme temperatures. Make sure they are doing OK. The elderly usually doesn't want to disturb anyone's busy schedule, so often times they don't ask for help. It would make their day (or even their week) if you stopped in to see that they are safe, keeping cool, and hydrated!

This fits right into the 3Rs we hold close to our hearts
here at Restore Hope: Relationship, Respect, and Responsibility.

As humans, we naturally cultivate relationships with those we care for. We show respect by checking on our neighbors. We take responsibility for those that need our help.

Let's help each other out and stay cool, hydrated, and safe this summer.
 
EXCEP TIONAL WORK! 

On May 26th this year, the following 10 people completed their 7th session of TOOLS!

Michelle Adams
Liz Ennis
Mindy Lawrence
Debbie Long
Linda Milliken
Sierra Roberts
Jaylene Ryan
Clayton Smith
Gaila Tackitt
Valene Pringle

TOOLS is an important program that Restoring Hope is proud to be involved in.
We learn how to handle difficult issues in positive w ays.
Eagles' Wings Cottage at
 609 Garrett St.


 
Eagles' Wings Cottage is a home that people can choose to stay at instead of  a hotel.

It operates like a vacation rental, only with reduced or free stays to those needing rest and renewal (pastors, missionaries, couples, etc).

 

Some of our workers have been hired to help with maintenance, laundry, and household chores.

 

It is a STAY with a PURPOSE!


CONGRATULATIONS TRACY BELK!
Tracy is the winner of the Exceptional Bookwork Award for June 2016. Tracy's name was drawn from a list of those nominated by their Program Managers this month, and she will receive a special gift card compliments of Restoring Hope. 

Congratulations to Tracy and to all those nominated.
We appreciate your hard work and we notice!
How to Beat the Heat in the Dog Days of Summer

Did you know the meaning of the "dog days" of summer has nothing to do with your panting dog? The meaning goes way back to ancient Greek and Roman times. "Dog days" really refers to the dog star, Sirius, and its position in the heavens. To the ancients, these days were the hottest time of the year that could bring on fever or catastrophe.

There's no doubt about it, we are in the middle of the hottest and muggiest time of the year. You need to take precautions and stay safe. Know the symptoms of becoming overheated, because heat stroke is serious and can be avoided if you take special care when you must be out in the heat.

Watch out for signs of:
  • Throbbing headache
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Red skin
  • Muscle weakness or cramps
  • Rapid, shallow breathing
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Lack of sweating, despite the heat
You certainly want to be aware of these early signs, because if you ignore them, you or your loved one may faint and suffer from heat stroke.

Avoid injury by trying these tips for beating the summer heat.
  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting cotton clothing.
  • Use sunscreen with SPF-30 or higher
  • Keep water bottles in the freezer. Grab one when you have to be outside. As the ice melts, you have a supply of cold water.
  • Drink plenty of water and drinks with electrolytes.
  • Fill a spray bottle with water for a quick refreshing mist.
  • To combat dehydration, avoid caffeine and alcohol
  • Try to schedule your outdoor work either in the early morning or late afternoon, when the sun is low in the sky.
  • Place a bowl of ice water in front of your fan for an added cool breeze.
  • Take a cool shower.
Pay special attention to young children, the elderly and anyone with a chronic illness, as they dehydrate more easily and are more at risk for heat related injury.

Even though the Greeks and Romans thought this time of the year would bring catastrophe, it doesn't have to. You are prepared and will "chill" during the dog days of summer.

Follow the 3R's
R elationship - R espect - R esponsibility
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Welcome
Melanie Mahin!

We welcome our new receptionist, Melanie Mahin. She joined the Restoring Hope team on June 29. Melanie works in our West Plains Central Office.

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.

TOOLS OF CHOICE TRAINING
1515 E Pythian
Springfield, MO
Trainer: Tona Stanley
Tona.Stanley@dmh.mo.go v
417-895-7478
Call Central Office to Register
417-255-8781

Tuesdays
9 am to noon
Your Choice of 2
different sessions:

AUG/SEPT SESSION
August 9, 16, 23, 30
September 6, 13, 20

OCT/NOV SESSION
October 11, 18, 25
November 1, 8, 15, 22

  August 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.

August 4
National Coast Guard Day  

August 7
 National Sisters Day
 
August 12
Vinyl Record Day  
 
August 13
International Left-Handers Day
 
August 15
Best Friends Day

August 21
National Poet's Day
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