Generosity - giving of one’s resources for the well-being of others. There are so many ways to be generous. Our donors are generous with their income. Our volunteers are generous with their time and talents. Our participants are generous with their stories and open hearts toward each other. Generosity is the foundation of our successes.
Samantha’s story –
Shame works well…a little too well,if I may say. In high school, I dated a guy who burdened me with shame on the daily. I felt enveloped in the emotions of; “I’m not good enough, “I’m not pretty enough,” “I should be doing more,” a hurricane of feelings in which I was put down to help build up an abuser. Shame felt blinding, like sand tearing at my eyes in a storm and all I could do was curl up in a ball trying to protect myself. After the hurricane was over, the thought of telling my story was so terrifying it felt easier to shove it down, way down. My story of abusemust-not-be-named.
However, silence was the gateway for letting shame take control of my life. It wasn’t until I was ready to speak the truth of my story that this hardened coating over the bombshell of reality melted away and an inner layer of beauty emerged. The gut wrenching lies I told myself faded away because shame no longer was spiraling through my life.
Shame reminds me of Voldemort –he-who-must-not-be-named. Through the first few Harry Potter books the characters were afraid to speak of him, worried that saying his name put a death warrant on their head, yet Harry never gave room for this fear.
The truth is this; every time we don’t name our shame, we give shame power. It infiltrates our minds like weeds growing in our backyards, shutting us down and sending us into fear and negation of the truth. Harry was the truth seeker, and by taking the power away from Voldemort by acknowledging who he was, Harry empowered himself to fight for his story and his truth.
As I journey through my day to day life as survivor, I have learned to value my story. While it is something I guard because it is close to my heart, it’s a story I no longer keep secret, because my story issomething-which-must-be-named, because shame has no place in my heart anymore.
Gifts in Honor of Loved Ones in your life!
The Christmas Holiday is a time where we show our love for others through gifts. Sometimes we find it hard to find the right gift for the person who has everything. Did you know that you can donate to Living Aspen in Honor of someone you love? Click through our donation process and look for the box that says “Add a Tribute Donation.” After completing the required fields an email will automatically be sent to the person you are honoring with your personalized note and electronic signature! It’s a win-win-win gift giving idea! Donate here
As the year is winding down, we hope you consider supporting our work with a year-end gift. Through this year you have read stories from several survivors walking into new joy as they heal. This has been possible because of the generosity of you! Let’s keep changing lives together as we build a community that heals. We are relaunching our Yoga program in February and beginning a new gathering to experience a safe God at The Table beginning in March!
Save the date – Breakfast Gala March 14, 2020 – Westwoods Golf Club Plans are being made and we hope you save the date for a great breakfast. We will celebrate our year and share our plans for the future. Look for more information in the near future! If you would like to help with the event please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Blue Christmas –A Christmas Community Worship service of Remembrance and Hope for those who find Rejoicing Hard Work!
The Christmas season is hard if your heart is hurting. You are not alone. Blue Christmas is a gentle, contemplative service for anyone who is carrying pain or loss during this season of celebration.
Our service is on December 21, the longest night, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at 5340 Coffee & Events. Bring a neighbor, a friend, family, or find a new one as we gather together and make space for grief and lament so we can also share in Joy. All are welcome. RSVP here for this FREE event.
Art Journaling –Our Art Journaling course is available to those who have experienced abuse and those who are in relationship with survivors. Shame is a universal experience, with profound occurrence with survivors of abuse. By sharing a journey of building shame resilience, we create healthier relationships together. Our next course will begin January 28- May 6, Tuesday nights! EmailErika@livingaspen.orgwith questions. If you have not participated in Living Aspen events before, please fill out the Intake Form.
Organize supplies in storage unit:
We have a storage unit!! This may not seem like a big deal, but it is huge when our supplies have been spread out among four different homes. Now we can keep our supplies for programming and fundraising in one location. Caveat, we could use some help with organizing! If you love to make sense of chaos, we would highly value your time. Sign up here to let us know you want to take this on!
Coordinate a mailing to Arvada Licensed Counselors:
Living Aspen is going to send a mailing out to all Arvada Licensed Counselors to let them know of the support we offer to those they work with. Arvada Therapy Solutions is partnering with us to make this happen, we also have a coordinator and are looking for 2 volunteers to help make it happen. Our goal is to have this done by the end of the year. Sign up here if you can help us out.
Our Board is comprised of a variety of skill sets and interests. If you are a business owner, entrepreneur, analyst, counselor, nurse, educator, occupational therapist, parent, survivor of abuse, and many other things, you have the skills and perspective we need to build an organization that is financially strong, transparent, and beneficial to our community. Join our passionate team and help our vision continue! Click here to sign up!
Join a committee of volunteers: We are beginning to build teams to support our work in the community.
Community - Outreach to the Community to serve them or build awareness.
Volunteer – Build ongoing community/connections with Volunteers
Donor Management – Build ongoing community/connections with Large/Monthly/Long-term Donors (work in congruence with Fundraising Events)
Fundraising Events – Events to broader our Donor reach (work in congruence with Donor Management)
Grants – Begin a Grant writing program/plan
Programming Partnerships– cultivate partnerships with Nonprofits/Services/Professionals.