LIMA — A free workshop offering words of hope by counselors at Cornerstone of Hope Lima on handling the pandemic will be available 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 at Crossroads Church of God, 775 S. Thayer Road, Lima.
To register, visit j.mp/3mtNpVr or call 419-581-9138. Social distancing guidelines will be observed.
Local Counseling Agency Offers Hope to Area Residents
Free Workshops in September and October
As the world came to a screeching halt six months ago, counselors at Cornerstone of Hope Lima began working harder than ever to help area residents make sense of the pandemic and all the emotions surrounding it.
“Everyone is experiencing waves of various emotions,” says Kari Taylor, Executive Director. “We are grieving lost connections with friends and family, lost experiences, and lost sense of normalcy. And the ongoing uncertainty results in heightened anxiety, fear, feelings of apathy and depression and overall prolonged stress. The whole situation is enough to make anyone feel confused, anxious, frustrated and a whole host of other emotions,” she explains.
Over the past several months Taylor and her staff have been working intensely with educators and churches to prepare them for what they might expect when they reopened their doors, and now they are offering words of hope to the community-at-large.
Residents of Lima ages 13 and up are welcome to attend any of the following FREE workshops:
· Tues., Sept 22: 6:30 – 8 pm: Faith Alliance Church, 6670 Knoxville Ave. New Bremen
· Sat., Sept 26: 9:00 - 10:30 am: Crossroads Church of God, 775 S Thayer Rd. Lima
· Sat., Oct 3: 9:30 – 11:00 am: Salem Mennonite Church, 4275 W State Rd. Elida
· Wed., Oct 7: 6:00 - 7:30 pm: Lima Community Church, 2945 N Cole St, Lima
· Sat., Oct 10: 9:00 - 10:30am: Harvest Baptist Church, 1301 Navajo Trail, Wapakoneta
“There has been a common underlying feeling that everything is out of our control,” says Taylor. “That sense of a lack of control has led to an increasing amount of mental health concerns among children and adults and these forums are a way to rediscover what we CAN control,” she explains. “We will offer participants practical tools to help them cope in healthy ways and gain hope through this uncertain time.”
“The last six months have been incredibly challenging and Cornerstone of Hope’s presentation ‘Pandemic Hope and Resilience’ was incredibly well received and perfectly timed,” says Theresa Schnipke, Superintendent, Allen County Board of DD.
“As the beginning of the school year was approaching, I began to think about the range of emotions our teachers and staff must be feeling as they prepare for this unique and possibly difficult year ahead,” says Brooke Zerbe, Spencerville Schools Guidance Counselor. “I asked Cornerstone if it would be possible to do a training on how to not only help manage our own stress and concerns during this pandemic, but help prepare for what our students may be feeling as they return to school. They delivered an informational and encouraging training. They provided us with the understanding of how the brain works, how to recognize our own emotions and how those may impact our students. They provided relevant information on how to manage our stress in a healthy way and showed us how to use these similar strategies when working with our students.”
“I recently attended a workshop Cornerstone of Hope offered for pastors on the topic of handling stress during the pandemic. It was outstanding. I think every ministry professional and individual would benefit from this practical workshop,” says Pastor Doug Boquist, Lima Community Church.
Since the onset of COVID-19, Taylor has had to add an additional three counselors to her staff of seven to help meet the growing demand for counseling services. “So much attention has been given to the heaviness of the physical impact of the pandemic. Very little attention has been given to the equally alarming impact it has had on our emotional health and so few have offered hope during this time,” says Taylor. “We are here to tell people there is always hope!”
To register for the free workshops, visit cornerstoneofhopelima.org, and click on Family Workshops Located under Our Services or call 419-581-9138. Social distancing guidelines will be observed.