These are stressful times and it is easy for your depression or anxiety to get out of control. We are here to help. Listed below are a curated set of resources designed for teens, and the adults in your life.
In the fall of 2018 we issued a challenge to our youth in Robbie’s name. In today’s world, as we struggle with COVID, social distancing and the loss of life’s milestones like Prom and Graduation, we cannot think of a more appropriate time to:
- Befriend someone outside of your social circle, someone in need.
- Be their ear to listen, shoulder to cry on, defender, protector.
- It doesn’t matter if someone is different, awkward, unpopular, LGBTQ,
- Be consistently compassionate & empathetic to those in need.
- Be better than society.
For Parents & Trusted Adults
We created the Adult Handbook to help parents and trusted adults talk to teens about normal teenage issues of anxiety, depression, and suicide. We’ve also compiled a list of additional resources to help guide you as you navigate these tough conversations and topics. We think they’ll help a lot.
Meals of HOPE
A few general comments:
- We all know that grocery stores have an ever changing stock of foods. It seems like day by day everything is changing right now. Here are some easy substitutions:
- For almost all meats you can substitute Chicken, Beef, Pork and Lamb interchangeably. If you are using Chicken and the cooking time is longer than an our or two you should use dark meat (thighs and legs) so that the meat stays moist. Likewise you can use about any cut of Beef or Pork.
- For root vegetables you can interchange almost anything. Potatoes, Turnips, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Parsnips….if it grows in the ground it will work.
- For Squash you can substitute any variety.
- If you can’t find Parsley consider using the tops of celery.
- We like using aluminum foil small bread pans for delivery. They are easy to use, environmentally friendly, and you do not need to worry about returns. They are also easy to sanitize by wiping down the outside if you want to take extra precautions. You can order them on-line with lids. One source can be found at on Amazon
- Need a smaller or larger number of servings? These recipes are all designed to be scaled so if the recipe is for six servings and you want two just divide by 3.
- Like more or less “spice or heat”? Simply adjust ingredients like peppers, pepper and spices that give a punch or leave them out all together.
- If you are making meals for our older generation please go light on the salt! Let your “customers” know and they can always add more to taste.
Be creative, take risks, and have fun! This should not add stress to this already stressful time.