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March / April 2015 Newsletter

Dear Friends, Every year at this time I have the great pleasure to send a summary of our accomplishments and challenges from the previous year. I could not be more grateful for our board, advisory board, staff, volunteers, interns, partner agencies and funders. Truly, our work would not be possible if not for all of them. In brief, 2014… Learn more »

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Heidi Sommer Family

“In memory of our dear, dear friend, Heidi”, from the Founder and Executive Director of 1in6: 1in6 Thursdays on the Joyful Heart Foundation Blog

Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of the passing of my dear friend and one of 1in6’s closest allies, Heidi Sommer. Last year, I wrote a letter that summarized my feelings, our feelings, about our great loss. A year later, the loss is felt ever so deeply, so I’d like to reprint the letter. Dear friends, Today I hope that… Learn more »

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Peter Pollard

Conjuring Hope in a Storm: 1in6 Thursdays on the Joyful Heart Foundation Blog

Living in New England in mid-winter, it’s necessary to learn to conjure up a sense of hope, even with the snow piling up outside the window. It always helps to remind myself, Spring is just around the corner. I find I can use the same lesson in my work life, whenever I feel discouraged. I stop, and remind myself just… Learn more »

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Tim Mousseau

The Power of Retaking our Stories: 1in6 Thursdays on the Joyful Heart Foundation Blog

I believe in the power of story telling, in the significance of narratives, and in the impact that can stem from changing how we view our person story. I believe in these things so much that a significant part of my recovery process stemmed from me learning what it meant for me to retake my story; what… Learn more »

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Drugs Are Not Our Cage: 1in6 Thursdays on the Joyful Heart Foundation Blog

I know about drugs and addiction. I went to Alateen meetings sometimes as a kid, while my father attended his AA meetings. I began experimenting with drugs and alcohol as a teenager, and after the abuse by my pastor started, my use increased. By the time I was 18, I was getting high in some form every day. I began experimenting with… Learn more »

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