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Let’s talk about Winter: A time to pause and rest

After a brief pause, the Supporting Our Supporters (SOS) newsletter team is happy to be back and sharing this winter edition!

Winter gives us opportunities for self-care. When the weather keeps you indoors, creating and enjoying a cozy “nest” can bring comfort and an opportunity to relax. Weather related cancellations can give you time to pause and do things that brings you joy, and the beauty and peacefulness of nature can bring warmth to your soul. As winter is coming to an end, we hope this newsletter offers you tips and encouragement to take time to pause, rest and recharge yourself.

What does pausing and resting look like and feel like for you?


CFFC Trauma Informed Leadership Committee

The TIC Leadership Committee continues to offer support and guidance to those working to provide trauma informed services. At our February meeting, committee members shared their experience completing an environmental assessment at their organization, and the resulting changes being implemented. Members also shared how their organizations are encouraging and supporting self-care. Examples included journaling and contracting with a mental health provider for wellness support. Other topics discussed included, the SOS newsletter, Empowerment, Voice and Choice-- one of the 6 principles of trauma informed care, and trauma informed/strength-based supervision. When working through conflict, members were encouraged with this quote -

“Everyone is fighting a battle that you know nothing about.”

If you are interested in joining the Trauma Informed Leadership Committee or completing an organizational environmental assessment, please contact Sylvia Friel for details! Sylvia.friel@jfs.ohio.gov.

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March Kudos Note Recipient

This month we want to highlight those who showed support and appreciation by using Kudos in their work place. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication, Tara Copley!

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Kudos Note & Submission

The S.O.S Committee will be holding drawings for gift card prizes to those who submit their Kudos for our newsletter. Please consider supporting your fellow community members by using the Kudos file below to create a note for those who deserve encouragement, acknowledgement and thanks.


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Interested in a self-care challenge?

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The Wisdom of Winter: Rest, Renewal, and Growth

Many of us view winter a dreary, sad, cold, and dark season, when, in fact, winter can be a season of light, warmth, comfort and growth. In the Midwest, after months of planting, harvesting, holiday activity and stress, winter blesses us with the gift of a quieter time for rest and recovery—if we are open to receiving the gift.

Self-Care A-Z: Rest, Reflect, and Reconnect for Winter Self-Care

Self-care isn’t static. It’s refined by deepening self-awareness and increased understanding of wholistic self-care. As Donia Addison discovered, self-care changes with circumstances and life phases

I’ve come to appreciate that self-care needs to be adapted by the seasons, as well. Even if one’s geographic location doesn’t have nature’s signs to indicate the change of seasons, seasonal self-care variations are beneficial. With the winter solstice upon us, I offer Rest, Reflect, and Reconnect as key emphases for this season.


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Winter Poems: Perfect for the cold snowy days.

Choices, By: Tess Gallagher

I go to the mountain side

of the house to cut saplings,

and clear a view to snow

on the mountain. But when I look up,

saw in hand, I see a nest clutched in

the uppermost branches.

I don’t cut that one.

I don’t cut the others either.

Suddenly, in every tree,

an unseen nest

where a mountain

would be.

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years of anger following

hours that float idly down —

the blizzard

drifts its weight

deeper and deeper for three days

or sixty years, eh? Then

the sun! a clutter of

yellow and blue flakes —

Hairy looking trees stand out

in long alleys

over a wild solitude.

The man turns and there —

his solitary track stretched out

upon the world.


~Don’t leave without having a laugh~

What bites but doesn’t have teeth?


What did the tree say after a long winter?

What a re-leaf!

Why is Frosty never late?

Because time waits for snow man.

Scientists have finally discovered exactly how much sleep a human needs:

“Just five minutes more.”

S.O.S. Committee

Members: Sylvia Friel, Kay Spergel, Kelsey Weisenstein, Ronni Bowyer, Ashley Washburn, Tiffany Myers, Kathleen Burkhard, Brittany Collins.
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