Brain Maladaptaion/Generational Poverty Training

Join us for the next Professional Development Training on March 25th at Spero Mt. Vernon Richview Road campus. This training will cover the topics of Brain Maladaptation and Generational Poverty. This session focuses on what happens to this vital area of the brain which is responsible for problem solving, goal setting, impulse control, and abstract thought when it is affected by trauma and/or substance use. Attendees will learn why traditional approaches to learning, discipline, and reasoning with at-risk teens often fail with this population. The session covers alternative strategies for engaging youth whose cognitive functioning has been limited by problematic life experiences as well as how the cycle of poverty affects thinking and decision-making, use of language, habits and relationships that cement a worldview and drive self-perpetuating behavior. Many professionals that work with high risk children and families from poverty, themselves grew up in the middle class. Workshop attendees will learn the fundamental differences between the mindsets and cultural shaping that inherently drive an invisible wedge between the well-intentioned middle class helper and the poverty clients we have pledged to serve. This wedge is seen in our frustration, the language we use and the lack of meaningful outcomes with clients. Purchase your tickets here.

Spero Great Egg Race 5k Announced

Spero Great Egg Race 5K run/walk and kids Bunny Hop fun run to be held March 28, 2020. Beginning at SPERO Main Campus this race takes you around the quaint neighborhoods surrounding our main campus. Over 100 men, women, and children compete in their own age category. Overall winner for each age and gender category. 1st and 2nd place awards given to 8 other age and gender categories. There is also an Easter egg hunt, vendor fair, and pancake breakfast at this fun filled event! To register for the even please go to http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=pvyuymkab&oeidk=a07egujf0gm76ddc511

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Spero Family Services Awarded Accreditation

On this #ThankfulThursday we are happy to announce that Spero has been COA accredited for another 4 years! A lot of work goes into getting this accreditation, so we are thankful for all of our employees that put in lots of extra time and effort to help Spero maintain this honor!

Festival of Trees Mt. Vernon

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Tune in to WSIL Morning News from 5-7am tomorrow morning for the Spero Crew to give a live look at Festival of Trees 2019! Don’t forget, the live auction takes place at the preview party tomorrow night 5:30-9, and then the silent auction will continue Saturday 12-8 and Sunday 12-3.
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Pause, Ponder, and Pray

Pause: Breathe in deeply…..breathe out. Breathe in deeply….breathe out.

Ponder: It can be easy sometimes to buy into the illusion of our own unimportance. We may see large companies or organizations, superstars or successful people in our community, and compare ourselves to them, thinking that their fame or material power confirm how little our own lives amount to. But nothing could be further from the truth. Every single one of us matters–tremendously. Our very existence touches numerous people in numerous ways. The world simply could not exist as it does now if you, or any one of us, were not in it. God gifted you with unique talents. You may feel inadequate or ordinary, but you’re not.

Pray: Do you feel like you matter? Talk to God about it….and then give God thanks for your life, for your unique talents.
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Pastoral Care Week

This is Pastoral Care Week. We are honored to have our own Spiritual Life Coordinator-Deb Pollex-on campus. We are also blessed to have great relationships with local churches in our area. We thank all the pastoral staff at each and every church that supports our Spero mission!
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Spero Volunteer and Donor Appreciation

A few of Spero’s supporters were honored with awards at a dinner last week. We truly appreciate each and every volunteer and donor in our community. It truly takes a village, and we are thankful for ours! The list of winners is below.

Anchor Award-Myra & Charlie Bartlett

Helm Award-Jim & Leah Covey

Lighthouse Award-First United Methodist Church Mt. Vernon

Beacon of Hope-Julie Webb