Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.


  • annevoight

</h3> </div><div class="art-box art-blockcontent"> <div class="art-box-body art-blockcontent-body"> <div class="cleared"></div> </div> </div> <div class="cleared"></div> </div> </div> <div class="cleared"></div> </div> <div class="art-layout-cell art-content"> <div class="art-box art-post breadcrumbs"> <div class="art-box-body art-post-body"> <div class="art-post-inner art-article"> <div class="art-postcontent"> <!-- article-content --> <h4>Home</h4> <!-- /article-content --> </div> <div class="cleared"></div> </div> <div class="cleared"></div> </div> </div> <div class="art-box art-post post-1998 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-archive category-current-events-2 tag-capital-university tag-chloes-place tag-cycle-of-poverty tag-facebook tag-family tag-home tag-mother tag-parenting tag-positive-parenting tag-single-parent tag-twitter" id="post-1998"> <div class="art-box-body art-post-body"> <div class="art-post-inner art-article"> <h2 class="art-postheader"><span class="art-postheadericon"><a href="" rel="bookmark" title="An Update on CHLOE’s Place—Breaking the Cycle of Poverty">An Update on CHLOE’s Place—Breaking the Cycle of Poverty</a></span></h2><div class="art-postheadericons art-metadata-icons"><span class="art-postdateicon"><span class="date">Published</span> <span class="entry-date" title="10:04 pm">January 27, 2012</span></span> | <span class="art-postauthoricon"><span class="author">By</span> <span class="author vcard"><a class="url fn n" href="" title="View all posts by Sheila Dobbie">Sheila Dobbie</a></span></span></div> <div class="art-postcontent"> <!-- article-content --> <p><a href=""><img data-attachment-id="1999" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="" data-orig-size="402,112" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":""}" data-image-title="CHLOE Inc." data-image-description="" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1999" src="" alt="" width="402" height="112" srcset=" 402w, 300w" sizes="(max-width: 402px) 100vw, 402px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a></p> <p><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Calibri"> </span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Calibri">Imagine, you are young and alone, from a disadvantaged home where abuse and poverty are rampant—and you are pregnant. Your education and life skills are minimal and you have no idea how you will care for your infant and support the two of you. Where do you go for help?</span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Calibri">There is a safe haven for you where you will learn how to care for your baby and pick up some employable skills along the way. That place is CHLOE’s Place. CHLOE’s Place is a unique concept dedicated to equipping young mothers with the knowledge, skills, and disposition to continue their education and become personally fulfilled and socially responsible adults while promoting positive parenting, healthy families, and homes where children are valued and loved. The director, Connie Nafziger, <a class="zem_slink" title="Royal Navy" href="" rel="wikipedia">RN</a>, is a former Community Health Nurse who quit her job over ten years ago to dedicate her life to finding answers to breaking the <a class="zem_slink" title="Cycle of poverty" href="" rel="wikipedia">cycle of poverty</a>.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:Calibri"><span style="color:#000000">I first wrote about CHLOE’s Place exactly one year ago (see <strong><em>CHLOE’S Place Breaking the Cycle of Poverty</em></strong></span><span style="color:#000000">, January 27, 2011) and since then a lot of exciting things have been happening for Nafziger and her team. I recently received an email from Connie excitedly asking everyone to post a link to a survey on their <a class="zem_slink" title="Facebook features" href="" rel="wikipedia">Facebook page</a> and to forward it to all their contacts so they can gather important information to help guide their project. The survey was designed by a professor at <a class="zem_slink" title="Capital University" href=",-82.938141&spn=0.01,0.01&q=39.954828,-82.938141 (Capital%20University)&t=h" rel="geolocation">Capital University</a> as an undergraduate <a class="zem_slink" title="Research" href="" rel="wikipedia">research project</a> to benefit CHLOE, Inc. </span><span style="color:#000000"> </span><span style="color:#000000">and now, she and her students are ready to launch. Connie says the survey will provide wonderful insight they long to have. The more responses that are received the more successful the project will be. They hope the data gathered from this survey will more accurately help them determine the needs of <a class="zem_slink" title="Single parent" href="" rel="wikipedia">single mothers</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Calibri">If you are a single mother, or have been a single mother, then please take a few minutes to answer the survey below. I also ask all my readers to please post this survey on your Facebook page, <a class="zem_slink" title="Twitter" href="" rel="homepage">Twitter</a> account, and/or blog so they might be able to get a wide variety of responses. The survey takes only a few minutes to answer and the results will go a long way in developing a tailor-made program to help young single mothers care for themselves and their babies while equipping them with skills to break the cycle of poverty.</span><a href=""><span style="color:#0000ff;font-family:Cambria"></span></a></p> <p><span style="color:#000000">Please help with this worthy project.<span style="font-family:Cambria">  </span></span><span style="color:#000000">YOU can be a link in breaking the cycle of poverty.</span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000"><a href=""><img data-attachment-id="2000" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="" data-orig-size="72,112" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":""}" data-image-title="Chloe Logo" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2000" src="" alt="" width="72" height="112" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a></span><span style="color:#000000">Below is a personal letter from Connie further explaining CHLOE’s Place and its mission.</span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Cambria"> </span><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Tempus Sans ITC">  <a href=""><img data-attachment-id="2001" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="" data-orig-size="402,112" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":""}" data-image-title="CHLOE Inc." data-image-description="" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2001" src="" alt="" width="402" height="112" srcset=" 402w, 300w" sizes="(max-width: 402px) 100vw, 402px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="color:#000000">            </span><span style="color:#000000">On leaving my position as a Community Health Nurse, having served hundreds of young mothers and their children, I knew the course was set for the rest of my career.</span></span><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="color:#000000">  </span><span style="color:#000000">I determined to establish a not-for-profit organization able to equip others with health and life skill education; CHLOE, Inc was born in 1999.</span></span><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="color:#000000">  </span><span style="color:#000000">A wealth of experiences has prepared us well.</span></span><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="color:#000000">   </span><span style="color:#000000">In 2008 we expanded and refined our focus to equipping young single moms with the education and life skills they need to prevent and break cycles of poverty. They are guided toward educational opportunities and life choices that create opportunities for self-sustainability.</span></span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-family:Cambria">             </span></span><span style="color:#000000">In 2011 we launched Chloe’s Moms Connection, an Advocacy program for young single moms; piloting different formats and opportunities.</span><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="color:#000000">  </span><span style="color:#000000">We learned a lot about the challenge of engaging young women in classes and what they value.</span></span><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="color:#000000">  </span><span style="color:#000000">Having assessed the challenges and researched other options we are transitioning to a “<a class="zem_slink" title="Learning" href="" rel="wikipedia">Learn</a> & Earn” model this month. </span></span><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="color:#000000"> </span><span style="color:#000000">Parenting, Life skill, or Childbirth Preparation lessons completed with an Advocate are awarded with ‘CHLOE Points’ to be spent at Chloe’s Closet!</span></span><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="color:#000000">  </span><span style="color:#000000">Our ‘closet’ is stocked with infant & toddler clothing, diapers, and other essentials and treats.</span></span><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="color:#000000">  </span><span style="color:#000000">We are inviting pregnant teens to enroll. </span></span><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="color:#000000"> </span><span style="color:#000000">Four young moms currently enrolled will no doubt be joined by many others in the coming months.</span></span><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="color:#000000">  </span><span style="color:#000000">We are grateful to Sharon Woods Baptist Church (5959 Sharon Woods Blvd, Columbus) for providing space for Chloe’s Closet and classrooms.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="color:#000000">            </span><span style="color:#000000">As an advocate for victims of abuse, I gained understanding of the plight of women</span></span><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="color:#000000">  </span><span style="color:#000000">and children living in abusive or high risk environments.</span></span><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="color:#000000">  </span><span style="color:#000000">This fuels my determination to establish a residential program.</span></span><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="color:#000000">  </span><span style="color:#000000">Once Chloe’s Place, </span></span><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="color:#000000"> </span><span style="color:#000000">is established, young moms needing a safe place to live for a couple of years while working on educational, relational, and career goals will be provided safe haven.</span></span><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="color:#000000">  </span><span style="color:#000000">Such an ambitious plan requires a firm foundation; we work daily to make sure it is indeed sound and enduring before we open our residential program.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="color:#000000">     </span><span style="color:#000000">A Five year strategic plan has us on a positive trajectory to accomplish our mission. </span></span><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="color:#000000"> </span><span style="color:#000000">CHLOE’s Advocacy, Community outreach/education, Residential program, and a Micro-enterprise (to meet at least 51 % of our operational budget) are in the works.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="color:#000000">   </span><span style="color:#000000">Our mission is practical, our visions is achievable, our purpose worthy.</span></span><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="color:#000000">  </span><span style="color:#000000">You are invited to join us in this journey to equip young single moms and pregnant teens in whatever way you are able.</span></span><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-family:Cambria">                                                                            </span></span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-family:Cambria">                                                                                                                </span></span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000">Blessings & Peace,<span style="font-family:Cambria">                                                                                                                                          </span></span><span style="color:#000000">ConnieNafziger,RN</span><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-family:Cambria">                                                                                                                                </span></span><span style="color:#000000">Founder/Executive Director</span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Cambria"> </span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000">To learn more about CHLOE, Inc. see<span style="font-family:Cambria">  </span></span><a href=""><span style="color:#0000ff;font-family:Cambria"></span></a></p> <p><span style="color:#000000">Director’s Blog:<span style="font-family:Cambria">  </span></span><span style="color:#000000"></span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000">Email: </span><a href=""><span style="color:#0000ff;font-family:Cambria"></span></a></p> <p><span style="color:#000000">Monthly E-Note:<span style="font-family:Cambria">  </span></span><span style="color:#000000">provide your email address</span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Cambria"> </span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Cambria"> </span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Calibri"> </span></p> <h6 class="zemanta-related-title" style="font-size:1em">Related articles</h6> <ul class="zemanta-article-ul"> <li class="zemanta-article-ul-li"><a href="">Call Me Crazy</a> (</li> <li class="zemanta-article-ul-li"><a href="">Statistics and Single Moms: My Child Isn’t a Criminal!</a> (</li> </ul> <!-- /article-content --> </div> <div class="cleared"></div> <div class="art-postfootericons art-metadata-icons"><span class="art-postcategoryicon"><span class="categories">Posted in</span> <a href="" rel="category tag">Archive</a>, <a href="" rel="category tag">Current Events</a></span> | <span class="art-posttagicon"><span class="tags">Tagged</span> <a href="" rel="tag">Capital University</a>, <a href="" rel="tag">CHLOE's Place</a>, <a href="" rel="tag">Cycle of poverty</a>, <a href="" rel="tag">Facebook</a>, <a href="" rel="tag">Family</a>, <a href="" rel="tag">Home</a>, <a href="" rel="tag">Mother</a>, <a href="" rel="tag">parenting</a>, <a href="" rel="tag">positive parenting</a>, <a href="" rel="tag">Single parent</a>, <a href="" rel="tag">Twitter</a></span> | <span class="art-postcommentsicon"><a href="">3 Comments</a></span></div> </div> <div class="cleared"></div> </div> </div> <div class="art-box art-post post-173 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-archive category-uncategorized tag-cooking tag-front-porches tag-good-neighbor tag-home tag-infant tag-norman-rockwell tag-porch tag-saturday-evening-post tag-shopping tag-united-states" id="post-173"> <div class="art-box-body art-post-body"> <div class="art-post-inner art-article"> <h2 class="art-postheader"><span class="art-postheadericon"><a href="" rel="bookmark" title="I MISS THE FRONT PORCH SOCIETY">I MISS THE FRONT PORCH SOCIETY</a></span></h2><div class="art-postheadericons art-metadata-icons"><span class="art-postdateicon"><span class="date">Published</span> <span class="entry-date" title="2:34 am">December 10, 2010</span></span> | <span class="art-postauthoricon"><span class="author">By</span> <span class="author vcard"><a class="url fn n" href="" title="View all posts by Rick Lakin">Rick Lakin</a></span></span></div> <div class="art-postcontent"> <!-- article-content --> <div class="zemanta-img"> <div style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href=""><img src="" alt="Lasanga. Tasty." width="300" height="218" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Image via Wikipedia</p></div> </div> <p>My niece called last night very upset. She had taken a <a class="zem_slink" title="List of Death Note episodes" rel="wikipedia" href="">break in</a> her hectic holiday preparations to spend the day devoted to her neighbors. Her thanks for all her efforts was a simple “thank you” and the <a class="zem_slink" title="Door" rel="wikipedia" href="">door</a> slammed in her face.</p> <p>Neighbors on both sides of her had had <a class="zem_slink" title="Infant" rel="wikipedia" href="">babies</a> within the last several weeks. Wanting to be a good neighbor, she went shopping for appropriate baby gifts and a package of diapers and then made a pan of her special home-made <a class="zem_slink" title="Lasagna" rel="wikipedia" href="">lasagna</a> for each neighbor. She even included baking directions and the recipe in case anyone had <a class="zem_slink" title="Food allergy" rel="wikipedia" href="">food allergies</a>.  Arms full of goodies, she and her three-year old son went next door to make her first delivery. The husband/new father met her at the first home, took the offerings, said “thank you” and closed the door. Ditto for the second delivery however he included a “<a class="zem_slink" title="Bless you" rel="wikipedia" href="">God bless you</a>”. There was no offer to come in and see the baby or even a friendly “how ya doin’”. Even her young son observed the cold reception.</p> <p>In trying to analyze what happened we looked at several possibilities. In both cases it was the husband/father who answered the door so was it just a guy thing? Also, in both cases they were of different races so was it a racial or cultural thing? Were they so shocked that someone was actually reaching out and trying to be a good neighbor they didn’t know how to react?</p> <p>During our discussion she made a comment that really made me think. She said she was used to sitting on the front porch and waving and saying “hi” to everyone who passed by that she thought everyone did the same. Yes, we were raised in a front porch community. We knew all of our neighbors and spoke to people walking down the street. Even if we did not know the people we would smile and nod.</p> <p>Front porch communities are now a thing of the past. Most new homes haven’t had front porches for many years. We retreat into our environmentally controlled homes and many times don’t even know our next door neighbors. Gone is the <a class="zem_slink" title="Norman Rockwell" rel="homepage" href="">Norman Rockwell</a> world where children can play freely. Today we are afraid of molesters and <a class="zem_slink" title="Substance dependence" rel="wikipedia" href="">drug addicts</a> roaming the neighborhoods. We are caught up in our own busy lives and fail to think about those around us. But what kind of community do we have when neighbors don’t know neighbors? What kind of world are we creating? This isolationism only opens us up to more crime. If no one is looking after us we are vulnerable to those of bad intentions.</p> <p>My disappointed niece said, “I don’t get it, I was just trying to be a good neighbor.” In this <a class="zem_slink" title="Christmas and holiday season" rel="wikipedia" href="">holiday season</a> let us all try to take time to be a good neighbor. Smile and say, “hi”. Offer to look after their place while they are gone for the holidays, offer to take in their mail and newspapers. Take them a batch of homemade cookies. We will be much safer if we take time to look after each other.</p> <p>It seems we are light years away from Norman Rockwell’s ideallic world but bring back the front porches and perhaps we can recapture a portion of that world. A simple smile and, “Hi neighbor” can do wonders. The next time someone brings a batch of cookies or pan of lasagna to your door at least invite her in. It could be the beginning of a great friendship.  As the Good Book says, “Love thy neighbor.”</p> <!-- /article-content --> </div> <div class="cleared"></div> <div class="art-postfootericons art-metadata-icons"><span class="art-postcategoryicon"><span class="categories">Posted in</span> <a href="" rel="category tag">Archive</a>, <a href="" rel="category tag">Notes from the Pond</a></span> | <span class="art-posttagicon"><span class="tags">Tagged</span> <a href="" rel="tag">Cooking</a>, <a href="" rel="tag">front porches</a>, <a href="" rel="tag">good neighbor</a>, <a href="" rel="tag">Home</a>, <a href="" rel="tag">Infant</a>, <a href="" rel="tag">Norman Rockwell</a>, <a href="" rel="tag">Porch</a>, <a href="" rel="tag">Saturday Evening Post</a>, <a href="" rel="tag">Shopping</a>, <a href="" rel="tag">United States</a></span> | <span class="art-postcommentsicon"><a href="">5 Comments</a></span></div> </div> <div class="cleared"></div> </div> </div> <div class="cleared"></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="cleared"></div> <div class="art-footer"> <div class="art-footer-body"> <a href="" class='art-rss-tag-icon' title="Notes from the Pond by Sheila Dobbie RSS Feed"></a> <div class="art-footer-text"> <p><a href="#">Link1</a> | <a href="#">Link2</a> | <a href="#">Link3</a></p><p>Copyright © 2020. All Rights Reserved.</p> </div> <div class="cleared"></div> </div> </div> <div class="cleared"></div> </div> </div> <div class="cleared"></div> <p class="art-page-footer">Powered by <a href="" target="_blank">WordPress</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">WordPress Theme</a> created with Artisteer by Rick Lakin.</p> <div class="cleared"></div> </div> <div id="wp-footer"> <link rel='stylesheet' id='genericons-css' href='' type='text/css' media='all' /> <script type='text/javascript' src=''></script> <script type='text/javascript'> /* <![CDATA[ */ var jpfbembed = {"appid":"249643311490","locale":"en_US"}; /* ]]> */ </script> <script type='text/javascript' src=''></script> <script type='text/javascript' src=''></script> <script type='text/javascript'> /* <![CDATA[ */ var jetpackCarouselStrings = {"widths":[370,700,1000,1200,1400,2000],"is_logged_in":"","lang":"en","ajaxurl":"http:\/\/\/wp-admin\/admin-ajax.php","nonce":"6e23a06f5f","display_exif":"0","display_comments":"1","display_geo":"1","single_image_gallery":"1","single_image_gallery_media_file":"","background_color":"black","comment":"Comment","post_comment":"Post Comment","write_comment":"Write a Comment...","loading_comments":"Loading Comments...","download_original":"View full size <span class=\"photo-size\">{0}<span class=\"photo-size-times\">\u00d7<\/span>{1}<\/span>","no_comment_text":"Please be sure to submit some text with your comment.","no_comment_email":"Please provide an email address to comment.","no_comment_author":"Please provide your name to comment.","comment_post_error":"Sorry, but there was an error posting your comment. Please try again later.","comment_approved":"Your comment was approved.","comment_unapproved":"Your comment is in moderation.","camera":"Camera","aperture":"Aperture","shutter_speed":"Shutter Speed","focal_length":"Focal Length","copyright":"Copyright","comment_registration":"0","require_name_email":"0","login_url":"http:\/\/\/wp-login.php?","blog_id":"6","meta_data":["camera","aperture","shutter_speed","focal_length","copyright"],"local_comments_commenting_as":"<fieldset><label for=\"email\">Email<\/label> <input type=\"text\" name=\"email\" class=\"jp-carousel-comment-form-field jp-carousel-comment-form-text-field\" id=\"jp-carousel-comment-form-email-field\" \/><\/fieldset><fieldset><label for=\"author\">Name<\/label> <input type=\"text\" name=\"author\" class=\"jp-carousel-comment-form-field jp-carousel-comment-form-text-field\" id=\"jp-carousel-comment-form-author-field\" \/><\/fieldset><fieldset><label for=\"url\">Website<\/label> <input type=\"text\" name=\"url\" class=\"jp-carousel-comment-form-field jp-carousel-comment-form-text-field\" id=\"jp-carousel-comment-form-url-field\" \/><\/fieldset>"}; /* ]]> */ </script> <script type='text/javascript' src=''></script> <script type='text/javascript' src=''></script> <script type='text/javascript' src='' async='async' defer='defer'></script> <script type='text/javascript'> _stq = window._stq || []; _stq.push([ 'view', {v:'ext',j:'1:8.7.1',blog:'37830425',post:'0',tz:'-4',srv:''} ]); _stq.push([ 'clickTrackerInit', '37830425', '0' ]); </script> <!-- 84 queries. 0.099 seconds. --> </div> </body> </html>