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A Farewell From Alex

A Farewell From Alex In the winter of 2010, in the middle of a nine month backpacking journey from Maine to Missouri, I was picked up by a kind stranger on Route 11 near New Market. I jumped in the back of his pickup and he dropped me off at the front door of Our...

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Ron’s Insight: Confident, Curious, and Calm

Ron's Insight: Confident, Curious, and Calm A large majority of the folks who have come through the doors of OCP over the years who are struggling with homelessness have been victims of unspeakable abuse and neglect, inflicted upon them as children. I have heard...

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Eric’s Update: Spotlight on Grants

Eric's Update: Spotlight on Grants When I first started at OCP in 2014, our funding support came almost exclusively from individual donors, churches, and our slate of fundraising events. In other words, you!  Your generosity and enthusiasm for OCP’s mission continue...

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OCP Welcomes Kyle

KYLE KIRBY JOINS THE OCP CREW!   Being the few members of the management team that we are, Annie, Ron, Eric, Alex and I can all have our hands in different pots for different things at different times. Our jobs often criss-cross as we all try to support each other. So...

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The Power of Yahtzee

"Rianna, you don't know how to play Yahtzee?! Oh my goodness," I remember Dawn saying to me exasperatedly a few months ago. It was one of my first Wednesdays in the building. My building times used to be Mondays and Thursdays, but management decided to move things...

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Sunshine in a Song

Music is a universal language all its own. Music is a common means by which we connect, make friends, interact, and establish relationships with people. Have you ever been in a room with people that you didn’t know very well, feeling a bit awkward, and all of a sudden...

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You’re Not Alone

I know firsthand what it’s like to suffer from depression. One day, you are happy, in a great mood, blissful, and the next it feels as though a dark cloud is looming over you, precipitating on your spirit and numbing your emotions. Some days, it’s as if your whole...

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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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