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Executive Director’s Thanksgiving Message

The year 2020 has been like no other in my recent memory. So many of us have lost our loved ones this year, some have lost jobs, incomes, and homes. In a year of discomfort and confusion, I draw upon the teaching I learned during my 12 years of attending Catholic School. One of the […]

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Women’s Empowerment In Difficult Times

Finding empowerment in difficult times is one of the best skills you can ever develop. Millions of women right now are feeling totally helpless. They’re drowning in responsibility at work, struggles with domesticity, and feeling as though their voices are not being heard.  So, if you have been feeling sick of not having enough confidence […]

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Substance Use Addiction and the Impact of COVID-19  

According to a recent study, people with substance use disorders may be more likely to become infected and die of COVID-19 because drug use weakens the immune system, inhibiting a person’s ability to fight viral and bacterial infections.    Both opioids and COVID-19 also affect breathing, decreasing the ability to properly take in oxygen. This makes the combination […]

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Don’t Let Mental Illness Define You As a Woman

Womanhood means being everything to everyone while trying to figure out who you are and what makes you happy. We are seen as the pillar of the family, the source of comfort and kindness, and the beacon of unconditional love. Women are natural multitaskers who can do it all. Strong yet soft, stern but approachable, […]

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2020 Virtual Graduation Cermony

Earlier this week, Southside Center of Hope held its 4th program graduation ceremony to honor 20 women who’ve completed the program. This year, the ceremony was held virtually on Facebook Live.  “I can think of no better way to highlight the importance of National Recovery Month than to celebrate the achievements of women who are in […]

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10 Ways To Stay Sober at Home During COVID-19

All of the extra pressure, uncertainty, and free-time that has become part of the COVID-19 pandemic has unfortunately made maintaining recovery more difficult for many women. It seems like social distancing will be a part of our lives for a while, so it is important to have ways to relax and improve your mood. Here […]

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Recovery From Divorce

Divorce. It’s not something you ever intend to hear, think, or experience.  However, here you are, thinking it will never happen to you but it has. You took your vows seriously and you were the best spouse you could be. You sacrificed, compromised, and loved the thought of doing life with someone. Unfortunately, I found myself having to make one […]

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The Power of Recovery: Sherry’s Story

It was Mother’s Day of 1992 when Sherry decided she was ready for recovery. At this point, she had been struggling with her addiction for several years and it had taken hold of her. “I would pray for help even though I was still using at the time. Each time I picked up my drug […]

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Sister Carlotta Retires After 13 Years Of Service

On June 30, 2020, We celebrated Sister Carlotta’s retirement from Southside Center of Hope. Over the last 13 years, Sister Carlotta has impacted dozens of women and helped them on their recovery journey by providing counseling and facilitating anger management and life skills groups.   As a Sister of Mercy and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Sister Carlotta said that during her time at Southside Center of Hope […]

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