Best Practices

Self-care for the Helping Professional

Growing up, one of my favorite songs was Chaka Khan’s “I’m Every Woman.” Being a helper at heart, I loved the concept and tried being all things to everyone: available, present and doing it with grace and a smile. Those were the days of vinyl and I played that record over and over until it was worn, warped and scratched. As I start to think about self-care for the helper that memory is a perfect a... »

Muskogee Car Donation Program Helps Address Transportation Problem

Graduates of Getting Ahead often tell us that transportation is their No. 1 barrier to success. To help overcome that barrier, my organization, Muskogee (Okla.) Bridges Out of Poverty, launched a new Car Donation Program that provides Getting Ahead graduates who meet certain criteria with the opportunity to purchase a vehicle. Recently we awarded our first vehicle in the new program. The automobil... »

Social Entrepreneur Starts Running Club to Combat Homelessness

Who would think that a group of homeless men could become excited about running? That they could commit to a regular schedule of running—and keep it? »