As we stay at home, the loss of social connection and the knowledge of the hardships many are facing takes its toll. If you’re a person who feels you can offer words of hope, inspiration, or kindness to someone going through a hard time, here’s a way to help out. If you’re someone who needs those words, here’s how you can tap into those resources.
Together Rising’s Together Letters program is an online forum where you can reach out for personal support through the kind words of others, or give that support yourself, either with messages online or through mailing old-fashioned hand-written letters to offer emotional support to those who need it.
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This program was in place prior to the onset of the pandemic. Now, with the world at war with an invisible enemy, this site has become a place to reach out and connect over new fears and worries brought on by so many of the emotional changes that have occurred.
Together Rising offers the following statement:
“If you are feeling isolated, or know someone who is, please consider requesting notes from this community through our year-round Together Letters program. It’s a place where you can ask for words of encouragement and support; where you can respond to and say, “I see you. You are not alone.”
Visit the Together Rising website to read the story of Wilah, a woman who put out a request for holiday cards for her grandmother who lives with dementia in a nursing home. Wilah’s grandmother received over one hundred cards from the Together Rising community, which was phenomenal. When the pandemic struck, Wilah states that those same wonderful people sent cards to her grandmother again. This made a huge difference in keeping her spirits up while visitors aren’t allowed.
With so many people in need during this time of crisis, the organization has also put into place a donations tab if you’re interested in making a contribution.
Together Rising offers an avenue of resources to transform your grief for the hardships we are all facing into help.
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