My Plate or Yours: For Mom


BY CHRISTINE BARBOUR For the first time in my life, this Mother’s Day will dawn and I will have no flowers to send, no call to make, no smile coming over the line filled with pleasure at the sound of my voice. The idea of a mom-less Mother’s Day makes me so sad I am tempted to pretend I am four, sticking my thumb in my mouth and burying my head under the pillows. I am pretty sure she’d frown on that, though, so I am going to have to resort to drastic measures to soothe my sore heart. In my life that means creamed tuna fish on buttered toast, with peas — the ultimate comfort food, held in reserve [...]

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New Hope Shelter: A Refuge for Families in Need

New Hope

BY KELSEY O’CONNOR A father of two who lost his job, a family struggling with their child’s disability, a woman with a debilitating injury and an infant. All of these people have been through the doors of New Hope Family Shelter, an emergency shelter serving Monroe County. Beyond providing temporary shelter, New Hope’s mission is to address the causes of homelessness. The staff creates individualized programs to meet the needs of each family, but the goal is always to help the family achieve self-sufficiency. Programs include cooking skills, budgeting, time management, and life coaching. New Hope opened its doors at 409 W. 2nd St. in 2011. It has since expanded to a second house on the same street and can [...]

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