Over and over I’ve heard people remark that they were so ready for 2020 to be over. And with the start of the new year, we are all looking forward to a better 2021 -  a new beginning, a path to recovery. At the same time, there just might be some things that we learned in 2020 and that are gifts. So, I am curious and reflecting on these questions over the next few weeks: What did I learn?  What do I want to keep?  In what ways was I...

‘Tis the season to pause and reflect on the past year as a new one approaches, and oh what a year it has been! 2020 started off as a promising new decade, with exciting goals, dreams and resolutions. But as we all know, a few months into it, all our hopes and plans came to a screeching halt as we entered a time of unfamiliarity and fear. The COVID-19 pandemic forced us to face life with a new mindset. This disruption affected each of us differently. To many, it meant...

Are you facing a pain filled holiday because someone you love has died?  It is hard to get into the holiday spirit when your heart is breaking and your life is different because of a death.  It is easy to want to wish away the last 16 days of this horrible year. Personally, I know what it’s like to struggle to celebrate during the holidays.  Three and a half years ago, my youngest son died at the age of 21, and the holiday spirit is sometimes hard to find.  I...

Wish List for Toys and Presents We offer parents in our community the opportunity to shop for presents for their children. Often during the holidays, parents stress about how they will provide a special experience for their kids while also keeping up with the normal bills and expenses. During the pandemic, that’s even more of a concern for many. Nonprofit organizations may help by donating presents to the community, but that can take away the dignity of parents getting to pick out a present themselves for their child. CHRIS 180 makes sure parents and caregivers still have that experience by allowing them...

This holiday season many of us may be feeling anxious about what celebrations will look like going forward. Will I be able to see my loved ones? Can I afford the gifts my kids have been begging me for every day? How can I find ways to celebrate in the face of so much uncertainty? During times like these, it can be hard to find any balance at all. That’s why participating in Giving Tuesday is so important this year. What is Giving Tuesday? Held on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Giving...

In a typical year, the holidays mean spending time and celebrating with family and loved ones. At CHRIS 180, we love getting to celebrate the season with volunteers, staff, donors, and the clients we serve. But just like everything else in 2020, the holidays will look different because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve had to cancel and rethink many events we usually host in order to keep our youth and staff safe. Despite changes and safety concerns, CHRIS 180 will still work to make sure each youth in our foster homes and all the clients that we serve have...