Originally published on Momastery A couple of weeks ago, at a church in Lakewood, Ohio, a woman stood up during the Q&A time and asked me to talk about our non-profit Together Rising. I smiled and told her that Together Rising is my baby. I told her that besides my family, faith, and sobriety—Together Rising is the greatest gift of my life. I told her that the stories of the warrior families we serve everyday crack my heart open again and again, making my capacity to love bigger and bigger. I told her that the women that make up our Board and our volunteers are my heroes. I told her that I suspect that every word I write is really about Together Rising. The woman remained standing and then she said, “I suspected you felt that way. If all that is true—why don’t you talk about Together Rising more often? We know there’s so much going on behind the scenes, and we want to hear about it. It matters to us. We want to be IN IT with you.” And the Lakewood audience will tell you that I just stared at her for a long, awkward moment. Wow, I thought. Why DON’T I write about […]
Here is the thing about kindness- it is CONTAGIOUS. As much as we at Together Rising love to help women in need, it absolutely fills us with joy when we hear stories like this one, sent by our Alison. Our relationship with privacy has become a strange one. We all “share” things on social media, and are seemingly connected to so many people- but really we’re more alone than ever. We’re closed up in our houses, we’re hiding behind screens. We stay behind our fences and our walls. Most times, when someone asks you how you are, it feels like a rhetorical question. We are desperate for real connection, but seem to have lost the knack for it. So we love hearing that the Together Rising community is giving people the courage to reach out to each other in tangible ways. It started with an innocuous enough question. “What are your girls getting for Christmas?” Alison was having a casual conversation with her co-worker, Kristin. It could have been a surface encounter. Alison could have put out that vibe that says, “Don’t REALLY tell me.” And Kristin could have kept her walls up and given the shiny, happy answer. That’s […]
Some years are just harder than others, aren’t they? 2014 was a HARD YEAR for our Mary and her six year old daughter, Alice. Over the course of a year they lost family, Mary’s job, and in September, Alice’s dad decided to cut ties and walk away. It’s too much, really. Mary, like all mama warriors, is capable of doing hard things- but some hard things are more difficult to live with than others. Finding herself out of work, and without support, Mary had to start making those hard choices about what extras to cut. She made the painful decision that they could no longer afford Alice’s karate lessons. Karate is important to Alice. As Mary said, “Her training has helped her tremendously. It gives her focus, and drive, and it has been the glue that holds her together week to week… I cannot bear to see her lose anything else.” Neither could we. We were so moved by this warrior mama’s love for her daughter, we knew we wanted to help. Because of your generosity, Together Rising was able to provide Mary with the $800 she needed to keep Alice in the karate lessons she so loves, and a […]
A Guest Post from Together Rising Community Member and Volunteer, Katherine Welch. I stood on the edge of the soccer field, three boys in tow and camera in hand, and I spotted her across the field, bundled against the fall chill, the bounce in her step immediately recognizable even though we had never before met. As she turned around, her eyes met mine, and she crossed the field toward me. But she stopped. “Sunny?” “Katherine.” We tentatively stepped toward each other, and we hugged. Hug. That word doesn’t come close to capturing that moment, that moment when one who has laid bare her soul meets the one who has opened herself to receive it. I was there to give and to receive that hug, to feel the warmth, but when I remember it, I often feel like I’m hovering above those two women, looking down, not unlike how I imagine the One who orchestrated that moment might have viewed it. A few months after I found the Momastery community, the first Holiday Hands was announced. I was feeling a new sense of urgency to give in a more meaningful way, a way that Together Rising has since helped me to […]
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