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Quarter 2 Newsletter 2024

A Spring of Growth


Hello everyone and happy spring! We hope this season finds you well and ready to take on new challenges. As we reflect on the last few months and look ahead, we want to update you with you some highlights from The Things We Carry Men's group. We are also excited to share upcoming events and helpful tips for your mental health and personal development!



The Things We Carry Men’s Group: Fostering Growth and Connection


This winter, we had the privilege of witnessing the transformative power of The Things We Carry Men’s Group. Participants showed openness and dedication to personal growth, making this an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.


Participant Stories: Exploring Boundaries and Masculinity


Participants shared that after the group, they felt seen and validated. It was impactful to be around other men of different ages who shared similar experiences. Participants shared that they appreciated speaking about boundaries. After the group sessions the men started to advocate for themselves, and set more boundaries in their relationships. Overall these group discussions fostered personal and professional growth for participants.


Facilitator Insights


Our facilitator, John Granger II, shared how rewarding it was to witness moments when the information resonated with participants. He mentioned that they demonstrated a willingness to learn and apply newfound knowledge in their lives. John also observed how the group felt like a reciprocal learning environment, where everyone had something to teach and learn from one another.


We are incredibly proud of the progress and growth displayed by the members of The Things We Carry Men’s Group. Their dedication and commitment to personal development are a testament to the power of connection and community. Stay tuned for more updates on future sessions and topics!



Spring into Mental Health and Personal Development

As the season of renewal, spring is the perfect time to focus on your mental health and personal growth. Here are some tips to help you bloom:





Tip 1


Practice gratitude by noting three things you’re thankful for each day







Tip 2


Prioritize self-care by setting aside time for hobbies and relaxation





Tip 3


 Learn something new, whether it’s a skill, language, or fact








Tip 4


Connect with others by joining social clubs, volunteer opportunities, or group activities





Community Highlights


We are excited to introduce John Granger II LCSW, a passionate and dynamic therapist. He is a shining example of a dedicated professional committed to empowering Black men and fostering healing within the community. John draws on his personal and professional experiences to create meaningful change in the lives of his clients.


With a lifelong commitment to serving others, John collaboratively works to support his clients and believes that they are the true experts of their own lives. John specializes in trauma-informed care and is equipped to address issues regarding addiction, anxiety, depression, self-esteem and more. His faith-based background allows him to weave spiritual principles into his work when requested.


We celebrate his invaluable work and look forward to seeing the positive impact he continues to make in the lives of those he serves!


Looking Forward to A Season of Possibilities

We are excited to launch new programs and initiatives this spring! From mindfulness training to career development courses, there’s something for everyone. Here are a few upcoming events to mark on your calendars:



Upcoming Events

Workshops Presented by Alzheimer's Association in partnership with WHOLE and PAINE Senior Services 


  • The 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s: May 15th at 7:30 pm (FREE)

    • Black and Brown people are twice as likely to get Alzheimer’s than other ethnic groups. However, learning different healthy strategies can significantly reduce the risk.  Register Here


  • Healthy Living For Your Brain & Body: Wednesday, June 12th at 7:30pm (FREE)

    • Learn about important research into diet/nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and develop a plan for healthy aging.  Register Here



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Thank you for being part of our journey, and we look forward to sharing more with you as we continue to grow together. Here’s to a happy and successful spring season!





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