July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month Every day, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. In many communities, these problems are increased by less access to care, cultural stigma and lower quality care. Anyone can experience the challenges of mental illness regardless of their background. But, one’s culturalContinue reading “YOUTH VILLAGES STORIES”


Always ask yourself, am I at the right place at the right time doing the right thing for the right reason. If you can answer yes, then be prepared for a blessing because it will come. -Joshua Bridges Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody. -Stephen Chbosky “Remembering the pain will changeContinue reading “JULY 2ND-FOOD FOR THOUGHT”

Spiritual Breakthrough

“We are living in a broken world,” states Barbara Johnson. “We see broken marriages, broken people, broken lives. There’s never going to come a time when we’ve got it all together.” She continues, “As you go through grief, as you center your focus on what is ahead of you as a Christian, that helps youContinue reading “Spiritual Breakthrough”

Rick Roeder Testimony 07/16/2019

Thank you for allowing me to share my Road to Recovery with you this evening.I was born on Sept 2, 1960, here in Lima, Ohio. I have 5 sisters, no brothers, and am the 2nd youngest of 6 children. Like most in the early 60’s, my father worked 2 jobs to support us. Mom wasContinue reading “Rick Roeder Testimony 07/16/2019”

Doubting Your Faith

“I was mad. I felt like the Lord was not there. I had prayed to hear from Him, and I didn’t. It seemed as if He wasn’t answering my prayers,” says Phyllis, who lost her sister. “Emotionally and spiritually I expected something different. I knew that He was there, but I wasn’t feeling emotionally likeContinue reading “Doubting Your Faith”


In Daring Greatly, Brene Brown says: “We judge people in areas where we’re vulnerable to shame, especially picking folks who are doing worse than we’re doing. If I feel good about my parenting, I have no interest in judging other people’s choices. If I feel good about my body, I don’t go around making funContinue reading “JUDGE”


When I was a boy, I used to think that strong meant having big muscles, great physical power; but the longer I live, the more I realize that real strength has much more to do with what is not seen. Real strength has to do with helping others. -Fred Rogers TO LEAVE A COMMENT SCROLLContinue reading “THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MR. ROGERS”

Losing a Part of Yourself

The loss of a close family member creates extra depth and complexity to your grief. You shared a special and intimate connection with your loved one, and this relationship helped you define who you were. Losing this person has literally ripped you apart on the inside, leaving you unsure of your own identity. Dr. JimContinue reading “Losing a Part of Yourself”

Identify Your Losses

One reason grief disrupts so many aspects of your life is because your loss is not one isolated loss. You will miss so many qualities and facets of the person you lost that each will become an opportunity to experience grief. The range of things you need to grieve for may surprise you. Identify yourContinue reading “Identify Your Losses”

Grief Is Disruptive

Grief affects everything you do. It can disrupt every aspect of your life in ways you might not expect. “I don’t think I had time to think because psychologically I wasn’t with it,” says Nancy, whose husband passed away. “I would do stupid things. I would be coming home thinking I was on X Street,Continue reading “Grief Is Disruptive”


“Love like me that shit is on a different level. A level that most can’t understand. It’s intensely pure and unconditional. I’m not perfect I make mistakes, but I love like no other. The day I learn to love myself the way I love others, the world better be prepared to see something incredible”. -JoshuaContinue reading “JUNE 16TH-FOOD FOR THOUGHT”


You don’t ever have to do anything sensational for people to love you. When I say, “It’s you I like,” I’m talking about that part of you that knows that life is more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch… that deep part of you that allows you to stand for thoseContinue reading “THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MR. ROGERS”

Another girl from nowhere

She laughed without fear. She smiled so confidently. She loved so fiercely. She protected her life and her kids like it were her job. Who was she? Where did she come from? How did she have this amazing soul? Would you of known she had been through great struggles? She battled man after man. SheContinue reading “Another girl from nowhere”


Forgiveness is not tricky. We make it difficult. It is easier to forgive a stranger than it is to forgive a family member or a close friend. To forgive is to set a prisoner free and realizing the prisoner is you. Forgiving others is freeing. It is to let go of the longing for theContinue reading “FORGIVENESS”