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March 2020

Remember to turn your clocks FORWARD on March 7th before you go to bed or 2am on the 8th. The mornings will be dark again however the evenings will be lighter later!

Replanting Lives Group Tues March 10 at the Bedford COA, 12 Mudge Way, Flint Room, 10:30-noon. FREE!

March 11 : Our 5th Annual Meeting and our 1st BINGO Night!!! 7-8:30 pm. Bedford COA 12 Mudge Way, Flint Room. Light Refreshments. FUN! FREE! PRIZES! Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grow-a-strong-family-5th-annual-meeting-tickets-89597894715

Read our annual report here: https://growastrongfamily.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/GASF-Annual-Report-2019.pdf

“Rebuilding Lives” is a network of men and women who are experiencing significant life changes brought about through bereavement, divorce, and other life-changing events, offered by and at the Bedford Council on Aging, 12 Mudge Way, Bedford MA, every Tuesday from 7-9 pm. FREE. For more information, call the COA 781-275-6825.

BIG NEWS! We have been developing an online course to train facilitators of the Replanting Lives program. There are three courses, “Family Strategies,” “Safety & Crisis management,” and “Caregiver Self-Care.” Each course has relevant lessons including effective communication, developing a safety plan, and of course, building resilience in families uprooted by mental illness/brain disorders. The courses have all been approved for CEUs from the National Council on Family Relations (https://www.ncfr.org/) which is the premier professional association for understanding families through interdisciplinary research, theory, and practice. We are expecting to “go live” by mid-March! Check out the courses: https://growastrongfamily.org/professional-development/

We have added two new pages to our website! One page is a tip sheet developed by the Family Advisory Board of the Transitions ACR https://growastrongfamily.org/front-page/resources/for-parents/self-care-tip-sheet/ and the second page contains Self-Care commercials: https://growastrongfamily.org/self-care-commercials/

I am doing a Facebook fundraiser for my birthday! Help me exceed my goal! https://www.facebook.com/donate/806815379795842/?fundraiser_source=external_url