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LCCC E-Newsletter
Vol. 32, September 2020
Suicide Prevention & Awareness

In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Week, the Mental Health Awareness workgroup and Community Mental Health have been working hard on a second edition to Coping with COVID-19 tool kit. There are a lot of great resources and articles with tips and ideas to stay well during this unique time. 

If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.

Tips for Virtual Schooling

Virtual Learning is the only option for some people, depending on where they live or their family situation. Unfortunately, higher levels of screen time are associated with health harms, such as obesity and depression. Repeated physical activity during school can improve children's attention span. Exercise is one of the best ways to reduce stress and prevent anxiety. You may consider having the computer on a raised surface as some children better focus on tasks when standing.

Some children need to include "brain breaks" in between learning. A young child may need a quick break after staying on a task for five to 25 minutes. Allowing time for exercise before your child is expected to focus on learning might be a good idea.

Many children miss receiving reinforcement and reassurance from teachers and counselors. Building a reward system can help maintain motivation. After kids complete a task or finish a class, consider praising them, or if its appropriate, use rewards.
Successful Communication Tips

Tips from Megan, LCCC Therapist, for helping you communicate with your school-age child:
  • Talk to your kids while doing an activity such as playing basketball or games together, doing dishes, riding in the car...
  • Show an interest in what your child likes to do.
  • Be on their social media - know what they are doing.
  • Let them know that you do not know everything about this situation and that's okay. Share what you do know.
  • Share age appropriate information about what is going on.
  • Empathize with them and share that it is hard for you as well as them. However, we are all in this together and we will get through it!

The hard-working staff in our Volunteer Caregiver Program are in dire need of volunteers to help deliver groceries for home-bound seniors! We have nearly doubled the number of seniors being served through the Program in the last few months due to the tremendous need for this vulnerable population.

Call Jamie or Katie today at 517-545-5944 to see how you can help!
Complexities of Caregiving

FREE 6-week web series
October 7, 14, 21, 28 & November 4, 11

This web series is hosted by Andrea R. Holzner Ph.D.c. of Alzheimer's Integrative
Wellness Group and author of “Forgetting Eileen” and The Wisdom of Alzheimer’s.”

The series will cover topics such as: 
  • self-care
  • role reversal
  • intimacy
  • financial and legal issues
  • hospice
  • loneliness
  • and more!
Register today by calling LeAnn at 517-546-9910 or emailing LeAnn@livingstoncatholiccharities.org

Special Ministries Summer Fun

We had the pleasure of having the Livingston County Sheriffs Dept. join us for two games of softball recently. We are so grateful for their friendship! Livingston County Sheriff Deputy Hur shared that our Special Ministries Team won the first game...woohoo!

We have also discovered the beauty around the millpond and in downtown Brighton on our Photography nights.

Pumpkin Decorating and Craft Nights will be happening in lieu of a Halloween Party this year. To accommodate everyone we are offering it on two dates, October 12 and 19 at 2020 Grand River Ave. in Howell. Come dressed up in your favorite costume for a costume contest, we will be decorating pumpkins, making a Halloween craft, decorating cookies and taking home a special treat! You DO NOT want to miss this night!!

For more information on Special Ministries events and to read their newsletter visit our website.
Race to Recovery Inspires Awareness

On September 12, Wake Up Livingston, an Opioid and Prescription Drug subcommittee of the LCCA, hosted The Amazing RACE FOR RECOVERY. Individuals or teams of up to 4 visited stations throughout Downtown Howell completing tasks and learning about the resources that the community provides. Following the race, we heard from a few voices of recovery, speaking about their journey through addiction and how recovery has changed their life.

Our goal is to bring awareness to addiction and recovery, to open the door and provide support to those that may need it. We want to stop the stigma of addiction and highlight that RECOVERY HAPPENS!

This event started the conversation that we so desperately need to have and, it is our hope, that is continues. 
LCCC's MMAP Certified Counselors are now scheduling appointments for Open Enrollment which starts Oct. 15, 2020.

If you missed catching the news in the LCCC Summer Newsletter, you can still read it here!
Secret Shopper Scam/Survey Scam

A company is sending out a check with a letter giving instructions on how to deposit the check. It says to keep a certain amount for yourself and then use the rest to purchase Wal-Mart gift cards and explicit instructions on how to send pictures of the gift card and how to text information to your “manager”. This is a total scam and the check is a fake! If anyone receives this they need to contact Attorney General Nessel’s Consumer Protection Division at 877-765-8388. They can also contact the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357). People can also contact the Livingston County Sheriff’s office @ 517/546-2440.  
Join our dynamic team!
LCCC has earned GuideStars highest seal of transparency, the 2020 Platinum Seal of Transparency, by adding information to our Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar. We’re proud to use GuideStar Platinum to share our full and complete story with the world. "In accordance with our long-held belief in being transparent about our work,” said Mark Robinson, Executive Director, “we are excited to convey our organization’s results in a user-friendly and highly visual manner. By updating our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile to the Platinum level, we can now easily share a wealth of up-to-date organizational metrics with our supporters as well as GuideStar's immense online audience, which includes donors, grantmakers, our peers, and the media." Check out our profile at https://www.guidestar.org/Profile/38-2570420.
Are you in need of some new Fall clothes? We'd love your support!

AmazonSmile customers can now support Livingston County Catholic Charities in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! 
On-going Groups & Meetings at LCCC

October 5 and 16 at 4:30 pm
Email Suzi@LivingstonCatholicCharities.org Zoom info

3rd Monday of each month, 5:00–7:00 pm
Email Amy@LivingstonCatholicCharities.org for Zoom info

Tuesdays 6:00–7:30 pm
Wednesdays and Fridays 10:00 am–11:30 pm
Email Jessica@LivingstonCatholicCharities.org 517-375-1652 for Zoom info
Charitable Bequests Help Provide for Our Community's Future!

Did you know that leaving a Charitable Bequest in your will or trust to bestow on Livingston County Catholic Charities makes it easy to help ensure for generations the work of one of your favorite charities without dipping into your current income or savings?

Contact Julie Amman or Mark Robinson at 517-545-5944 or your lawyer or financial adviser for more information.
Suicide Prevention Hotline (24/7): 800-273-8255
Livingston County Community Mental Health (24/7): 800-615-1245
Veterans Crisis Line 800-273-8255 and press 1 or text 838255
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Livingston County Catholic Charities
2020 E. Grand River #104, Howell, MI 48843
Office Phone 517-545-5944 Be Our Guest Adult Day Phone 517-546-9910