February 2019 ~ Newsletter
5 Tips to Stay Warm This Winter
I've come to accept that, as a Michigander, cold weather is inevitable. However, I have learned that I don't have to suffer through the cold weather and that it can be--dare I say it--enjoyable. Try these 5 tips to stay warm this winter and start enjoying life in the cold!

1.) Keep your body warm
When you're at home and start to feel chilly, it's tempting to run to the thermostat and turn it way up. Instead, find a way to warm yourself up first by using a blanket, putting on an extra layer of clothing and/or making yourself a hot cup of tea or hot chocolate. It's much easier, and cost effective, to warm up your body than it is to heat up a whole room.

2.) Turn on the ceiling fan
Speaking of warming up the room, you don't always have to crank the thermostat to accomplish this. Since heat rises, turning on your ceiling fan at the lowest setting, in a clockwise direction, will help bring the warm air hanging out at the ceiling down to you, shivering on the floor.

3.) Prepare your windows for winter weather
When it's cold and windy outside, a lot of cold air can slip in through your windows. Changing your curtains from the thin ones that you put on in the summer to heavier wool or fleece curtains can help reduce the draft and keep your house warmer. Just make sure to open the curtains on sunny days to take advantage of free heat.

4.) Deceiving your thermostat
If you live in an apartment, or work in an office building, you don't always have the option to control the temperature of the thermostat. If you find yourself in this predicament, there's a life-hack that's right for you. "Trick" the thermostat into thinking it's colder than it really is by setting a cup of ice next to it. You can thank us later.

5.) Wear a hat
Although it's not true that you lose upwards of 45% of your body heat from your head, it is true that any skin you leave uncovered will let that precious warmth slip away. Wearing a hat, even when you're inside, is a great way to keep some of that body heat right where it belongs; in your body.

There you have it: winter weather, though frequently unwelcome and underappreciated, does not have to be miserable. Find even more tips to overcome the cold right here . Stay toasty!

Bonus Tip: Find everything you need to dress warmer this winter at your local Salvation Army Family Store. All while spending less!

Source: 12 Toasty Tips for Staying Warm in Cold Weather by Amanda Green on mentalfloss.com
January Beneficiary of the Month

Congratulations to our January Beneficiary of the month, Gregory J. Bennett!

The journey to recovery is a difficult one and can be discouraging at times. We celebrate progress as a way to encourage and remind people that they don't have to be perfect, just willing to keep trying.

Greg Bennett enjoys nature walks, card-playing, reading and playing mind games such as crosswords and Sudoku. He started his journey at the Grand Rapids Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) in July of 2018 and shared with us that he has been drinking on and off since the age of 17.

Greg became a Christian in 1980, while he was serving in the US Navy, and completed Bible College and seminary school. Even so he could not escape the effects of alcohol and it brought him to the point of losing everything, including his marriage and will to live. With the help of a 12-step program and group living environments, Greg has been sober for 10 months now. Since he has been in our substance abuse program, he has also experienced an increased desire to seek and do God's will.

During his 5 months at the Adult Rehabilitation Center, Greg has worked in the upstairs Family Store. He expressed that he enjoys the constant moving around and physical activity, as well as helping customers find what they need. Greg has also had a chance to find out what has been effecting his concentration and short-term memory while he's been in the program and an EEG test discovered that he has a lesion on the left side of his brain. Greg explained that a few bad falls when he was younger and alcohol use may have both been contributors to these lesions.

We're pleased to say that Greg has accepted that the ARC is where he needs to be at this point in his journey and we've witnessed him making the most of his time here. This acceptance contributes to the positive attitude that he displays and also to his being awarded Beneficiary of the Month.

We're happy that Greg reached out and made the decision to get help and, from everyone at the Adult Rehabilitation Center, we want to wish him another warm congratulations!
Thought of the Month
The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers.
1 Peter 3:12
Thinking about the Lord brings a person peace. Thinking about anything else is usually a shortcut to anxiety, fear, or worry. It is important when you focus on the Lord that you see Him as being in your situation with you, right at that moment. Too many people think of God as being far away.... They don't see God as being accessible or available to them in the immediacy of their lives. The truth is, He is present with us in every moment of every day.

~Charles F. Stanley
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