December is a mix of things to celebrate.
December is National Stress-Free Family Holidays Month
December is National Stress-Free Family Holidays Month. Yeah, right LOL. A stress-free family holiday may sound like a fantasy. In fact, for many families, the additional stress of the holidays can feel overwhelming. We can help your family navigate this unusually stressful time.
Set An Intention to Have a Stress-Free Holiday Season:
Setting intentions helps you manifest what you want to accomplish. By simply agreeing as a family to work towards a stress-free holiday season, you’ve already changed your family’s mindset and increased your chances of becoming overwhelmed.
Use Your Strengths to Navigate the Stressful Holiday Season:
Start by using your family’s strengths to help you navigate the busy holiday season. Leaning into your family’s strengths can help mitigate stress. Perseverance, Creativity, and Kindness can help you unlock a stress-free holiday. Find something for the whole family to do together. Bake some holiday treats. Find and complete a holiday-themed craft or puzzle. Sign our Kindness pledge and start spreading kindness in your family, your community, and the world.
Practicing mindfulness is a proven way to reduce stress. Mindfulness can be implemented in easy ways. Subscribe to our YouTube page and watch our short mindful minute videos. These brief exercises can help calm your mind and your body and help you release stress during the busy holiday season.
The holidays can be stressful. But by setting intentions, leveraging your family’s strengths, and practicing mindfulness, your family can survive the busy holiday season and maybe even have a little fun.
World AIDS Day (Dec. 1)
Every year, on 1 December, the world commemorates World AIDS Day. People around the world unite to show support for people living with and affected by HIV and to remember those who lost their lives to AIDS.
The inequalities which perpetuate the AIDS pandemic are not inevitable; we can tackle them. This World AIDS Day, UNAIDS is urging each of us to address the inequalities which are holding back progress in ending AIDS.
The “Equalize” slogan is a call to action. It is a prompt for all of us to work for the proven practical actions needed to address inequalities and help end AIDS.
Data from UNAIDS on the global HIV response reveals that during the last two years of COVID-19 and other global crises, progress against the HIV pandemic has faltered, resources have shrunk, and millions of lives are at risk as a result.
We have only eight years left before the 2030 goal of ending AIDS as a global health threat. Economic, social, cultural and legal inequalities must be addressed as a matter of urgency. In a pandemic, inequalities exacerbate the dangers for everyone. Indeed, the end of AIDS can only be achieved if we tackle the inequalities which drive it. World leaders need to act with bold and accountable leadership. And all of us, everywhere, must do all we can to help tackle inequalities too.
To help you can fundraise, get tested, and donate to many causes.
International Day of Persons With Disabilities (Dec. 3)
International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is a UN day that is celebrated every year on 3 December.
The day is about promoting the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities at every level of society and development, and to raise awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in all aspects of political, social, economic, and cultural life. WHO joins the UN in observing this day each year, reinforcing the importance of securing the rights of people with disabilities, so they can participate fully, equally and effectively in society with others, and face no barriers in all aspects of their lives.
At its headquarters in Geneva, WHO organizes an annual IDPD event to educate the public, raise awareness, advocate for political will and resources, and celebrate WHO’s achievements. In 2022, the WHO launched the Global Report on health equity for persons with disabilities. This report sets forth the approaches and actions that countries can take to address the health inequities that persons with disabilities experience.
Human Rights Day (Dec. 10)
This year’s Human Rights Day slogan is “Dignity, Freedom, and Justice for All” and the call to action is #StandUp4HumanRights.
Human Rights Day on December 10 remembers the day the General Assembly of the UN adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. It is the most translated document around the world and is available in over 500 languages. It has inspired countries and people alike to start treating every person with the right to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness. On Human Rights Day we acknowledge the importance of this document and the importance of human rights.
HOW TO OBSERVE HUMAN RIGHTS DAY:
Donate to your favorite Human Rights charity.
Is there a charity championing human rights that really strikes a chord with you? Maybe today is the day to remember them and make a donation.
Attend a human rights event.
There are political conferences, meetings, exhibitions, cultural events, and debates held on this day. Why not attend one and be part of the community?
Show your support for human rights.
Show your support for human rights by posting online or getting involved in online discussions.
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Baltimore- Our Daily Bread Employment Center
725 Fallsway, Baltimore City
PG CO- Bethel House 301-372-1700 & Salvation Army of Prince George’s County Food Pantry 301-277-6103
AA CO- Anne Arundel County Food Access WARM Line 410- 222- 3663 &
Anne Arundel County Food Bank
120 Marbury Drive Crownsville, MD 21032
Harford CO- Breathe 379, 2124 Nuttal Ave. Edgewood. Groceries, prepared food, clothes.
& EPICENTER, EPICENTER at Edgewood, 1918 Pulaski Hwy, Edgewood. 443.981.3742.
Mental Health Assistance
National Alliance for Mental Illness
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 24/7: 1-800-273-8255
Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc.
Call 24/7: 410-433-5175 if you or someone you know needs help with a mental health crisis
Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP)
201 N. Charles St., Suite 1104, Baltimore City
410-685-6589 / 800-773-4340
Provides free legal aid to those experiencing or at risk of homelessness
Maryland Legal Aid
500 E. Lexington St., Baltimore City
Provides a full range of free civil legal services to financially eligible individuals, with a focus on legal issues concerning elder rights, employment, family, public benefits, health care and housing
Assists prisoners, ex-prisoners and others in need become independent, responsible citizens through civil legal assistance and re-entry services
Baltimore- Alternative Directions
2505 N. Charles St., Baltimore City
PG CO- People Ready 5814 Baltimore Ave.
Hyattsville, Maryland 20781 (301)277-2172
AA CO- AmeriCorps (800) 942-2677
Beans and Bread
402 South Bond St., Baltimore City
ID cards and birth certificates available on the first business day of the month to the first 5 to 10 people who arrive
435 East 25th St., Baltimore
Provides assistance with birth certificate and ID cards applications
ONE STOP CAREER CENTERS
Downtown One Stop Career Center
1100 North Eutaw St., Room 101, Baltimore City
Eastside One-Stop Career Center
3001 East Madison St., Baltimore City
Provides assistance with job search strategies, employment referrals and placement and other workforce services; offers access to copiers, faxes and phones
Northwest American Job Center (Re-entry Center)
Mondawmin Mall, Suite 302
2401 Liberty Heights Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215
435 E. 25th St., Baltimore City
101 W. 23rd St., Baltimore City
2828 Loch Raven Rd., Baltimore City
Provides clothing, communication, laundry, food, recreation and showers
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