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The Beauty of Writing

Something beautiful has happened since former JMU English professor, Susan Facknitz, started a creative writing class here at OCP. I've always loved to write, and I knew how personally it helped me manage my emotions and negative thoughts. But to see that passion come...

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Love in Action

Jill Lassiter is one of our sensational board members, and she is also an associate professor in the Department of Health and Human Services at Bridgewater College. In the past, her health and exercise science students have come to do various games and activities with...

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Dirty Hands and Happy Hearts

As many of you may know, last weekend was our 13th Annual Plant Sale. I apologize for not having a blog post for you all last week; needless to say, coordinating a plant sale with no prior knowledge of gardening, plants, or anything of the sort can turn out to be...

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Nan Boukan Update

For the last six or seven years, OCP has been sending 25% of its Night Out proceeds to a community of folks in Nan Boukan, Haiti, which for a variety of reasons is suffering in abject poverty. We originally became aware of the community when we were visited by a...

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The Man Who Didn’t Exist

Dear OCP Friends & Family, Our dear friend, former OCP Staff Member, volleyball aficionado, and Renaissance Man, Mike Farrand, has come out with a new poetry book called The Man Who Didn't Exist! We are so excited to support Mike that we are making this week's...

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Mr. Fix-It

Me: *snapping pictures of T working on the lawnmower* T: "What, you gonna put that in the newsletter or something?" Me: "Maybe! Only if you want me to. I won't if you don't want me to." T: *Hesitates, staring intently at the mower* Well get a good shot, you know....

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The Inner-Child in All of Us

Every Thursday, unless they're on break, a group of health and exercise science students from Bridgewater College come and do various physical activities with our community members. It can be a little intimidating on both ends, though; you have these great college...

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Saying Good-Bye to Bike Fest

It is with a somewhat heavy heart that I inform you that the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Festival has come to an end. It was a great summer ride for twenty-four years and Our Community Place, with the help of the Shenandoah Bicycle Coalition, has had the honor of...

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Thinkin’ About Jesus

Growing up, church was more than necessary in my house – it was required. My mother used to always tell me that she didn’t care what I did the night before, but my butt had to be awake, alert, and ready for church the next morning. It’s not that I ever disliked going...

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The Family Aspect of OCP

Everyone stands around the circle as we prepare to eat. It's tradition, and for the most part everyone knows what to do. People that are new get gently ushered into the circle as everyone stands and holds hands, but no one is pressured to. The best moments are when...

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A Place where Everyone has a Place

For those who don't frequent Our Community Place, it can be hard to fully grasp the dynamic that exists within the walls. Even being new to the culture of OCP, I feel as though I am learning something or making a new friend every single day. Which is rather...

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