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Grantee Blog 2020

Power “Tools” for Life!

Family Promise Union County offers family wellness workshops to families who are currently in our emergency shelter program and our “graduate” guest clients- families who have moved from shelter and into their permanent homes.

When families experience homelessness, the trauma can make them feel powerless. On Saturday, May 22, 2021, two licensed social workers, Connie Palmer and Morris Lucky, presented a new workshop called “Power Tools for Life 101.” This also marked the first time we gathered for a workshop in person, since the start of the pandemic in 2020!

The group started with learning the power statement: “My name is Tanya and I have power!” The next step is the power question: “How will I use my power?”

This started a very animated discussion about the importance of identifying when they have power and when they don’t have power. The group defined what power is and shared experiences of when they have felt powerful and powerless. They shared insights about what their life experiences have taught them about why people use power the way they do.

The group ended with participants having an opportunity to describe their “takeaways” from the workshop.  Many described a deeper awareness of having power, others reclaimed their power from those who have tried to take it from them and all left empowered by the love and support given and received. They all emphatically concluded that the greatest power is love!

 

 

 

About the Grantee

Overlook Family Medicine - Family Promise Union County Health Education Partnership

Overlook Family Medicine and Family Promise Union County have partnered to provide health education to the many families we serve who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Family Promise Union County provides emergency shelter, food and comprehensive services to families and individuals who are experiencing homelessness in Union County with a professional staff and a vast volunteer network.