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Featured Volunteer of the Month Dave Syfor

"True kindness, compassion, and patience do not come from just thinking how it might feel to be hurt. Those who are truly kind are so not because of theory or ethics, but because they feel the suffering of others.” Paraphrase of Thich Nhat Hanh Dave Syfor, our...

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Annual Report to the Community

Dear Friends of OCP, This month we close our fiscal year. We present a short annual report of accomplishments and finances. Please remember that this work is made possible by your generosity, support, prayers, and love. We are so appreciative because we are blessed...

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It’ll Be Great!

  It’ll be Great!! One of my favorite teachers in high school was Mr. Hooker, our biology teacher. His class was never easy, but he always made it fun, and one of the things he always said to motivate us when faced with a tough challenge was, “it’ll be great!” My...

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Stories of Restoration and Hope from 2018

Stories of Restoration and Hope from 2018 Below are some examples of the community members we have worked with this year. I think you can see OCP's impact is real, long-term, and deeply appreciated by those in our community who struggle with poverty, recovery,...

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A Great Year at OCP

A Great Year at OCP Dear Friends of OCP, It has been an amazing first year for me as OCP’s new director. Ron Copeland has some very large shoes to fill, but staff, the Board, and our many volunteers and donors have continued to rally behind OCP...

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Proverbs for the Next Kitchen Coordinator

Proverbs for the Next Kitchen Coordinator A tongue-in-cheek blog post by Randi B. Hagi The walk-in cooler and freezer are not your friends. They may seem like your friends, but do your friends make you regularly clean their rooms just to bring...

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We’re Going Solar

We're Going Solar The premier issue of our time is climate change. New reports highlight the number of species dying, the number of children growing up breathing unhealthy air (94% globally), and the extreme warming and changes in Antarctica....

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WRAP® Wellness Recovery Action Plan at OCP

WRAP® Wellness Recovery Action Plan at OCP In April of this year, I was invited by a local non-profit, Strength in Peers, to attend a week long WRAP facilitation training. WRAP® is an acronym for Wellness Recovery Action Plan, a peer led...

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In Memoriam: Teig Hogan & Tom Dukes

In Memoriam: Teig Hogan & Tom Dukes Our community lost two beautiful souls this week. Teig Hogan and Thomas Dukes were community members, volunteers, and friends. “Dukes” was a faithful volunteer who could always be found in the...

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Myths About Homelessness

Myths About Homelessness In August I presented on myths about homelessness for a large turnout at the Mayor’s 2nd Forum on Homelessness. Flanked by Shannon Porter from Mercy House and John Whitfield from Blue Ridge Legal Services, we presented...

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