In the summer of 2010, people from all over the United States logged on to the Pepsi website every day and voted for their 10 favorite projects. One of the winners of the Pepsi Refresh Project “Do Good for the Gulf” was Covenant Hospice.
“Pepsi made $1.3 million available in August for grant awards to communities that had been affected by the oil spill,” Lill Jennings, development specialist at the Niceville/Crestview Covenant Hospice told The Log. “We applied for and were awarded $25,000 to sponsor the workshop series in six coastal communities in the fall and again in the spring.”
Covenant Hospice plans to offer 36 workshops during the fall of 2010 and the spring of 2011.
Stressors along the Gulf Coast are adding up from the oil spill, the recession, and Hurricanes Ivan, Dennis and Katrina. It will take years for the 34 counties Covenant serves on the Florida/Alabama coast to recover their vitality, Jennings says.
“Normally we work with grief and loss,” Jennings said. “Reactions when someone has died are similar to those during other great life stressors. The qualities that help with resilience after a death are similar to the ones that help with resilience as a reaction to any change or stressor.”The Strength and Resilience Community Workshops will focus on refreshing ways to cope with loss, and support each other through times of changes, stress and grief.CLICK HERE TO GET TIMES AND LOCATIONS OF EVENTS AND READ MORE: