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As Thought Leaders it is our responsibility to turn ideas into reality. Together we can raise awareness surrounding National Recovery and Hunger Awareness months, this September.

National Recovery Month

Every September, SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use issues and celebrate the people who recover.
Living Proof
I was born in Atlanta in 1987 and raised in a normal, middle-class Jewish family. I remember feeling like an outsider at an early age. At school, I wanted to be one of the cool kids, but I didn't know the secret password.

I had my first drink when I was around 9 years old. It was a Jewish holiday, and I remember running around singing, "I Got the Whole World in My Hands." I started smoking the first week of 9th grade. I felt like a drug addict was born the day I got high for the first time. Pretty soon I was a daily smoker. I had to find a whole new set of friends. Continue reading here.
 
Daniel Krasner, National Clinical Solutions Provider and ARISE Interventionist Intern joined the AJFCA Network in 2015 at the Annual Conference in Miami. He continues to serve as a valuable resource to AJFCA Addictions Professionals through group calls. Daniel's inspiring life story of personal recovery reminds us of the important work we do and resources we provide to our communities as we combat addiction and raise awareness.
Hunger Action Month

Every September Feeding America, a a nationwide network of food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States sponsors Hunger Awareness Month. Hunger exists in every community of our country. Nearly 50 million people in the United States today are hungry or food insecure. Yet in this country, we will throw away over 133 billion pounds of good food this year, while 1 in 6 people struggle to get enough to eat.
Feeding the Heart & Soul
". . . Jewish tradition recognizes a meal as a time for intimacy, fellowship, and significant conversation... Because eating creates intimacy amongst people it creates opportunities for encounters of the intellect and the soul . . . "
 - Rabbi Yehiel E. Poupko

I was blessed to experience the gift of an intimate table as a child. Then as an adult, my husband and I were fortunate to have had the emotional and physical resources to attempt to provide our children with a similar family table. Continue reading here.
jfs seattle
Beth Huppin, Jewish Family Service of Seattle's Director of Project Kavod wrote this blog to stimulate thought around hunger action, which JFS accomplishes through their community-wide food drive September 14th-Ocotber 4th, Polack Food Bank and Food Bank Action Plan. Beth's blog reminds us that the power of shared food can help to alleviate the symptoms of deeper problems as we work to increase the health of our communities.
AJFCA will publish thought pieces from our Network relating to
Recovery
and Hunger throughout the month of September.
Contact Megan to submit material.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.