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Families in Need This Winter

This time of year can be a hardship for families in the best of times. Please remember KWRCC is a Resource Center and we have advocates that can assist in finding community resources and assist with applications to services and resources such as, but not limited to:

Food & Clothing

Housing & Emergency Safe Shelter

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How To Set Healthy Boundaries in Relationships

July 12, 2022 | Courtesy of

You may have heard of people establishing healthy boundaries, but what does that even look like? Well, for starters, a healthy boundary can look like a lot of things. If a friend wants you to stay out later than you’d like and you decide instead to trust your gut and go home, that’s a healthy boundary. If your significant other has become too demanding of your time and you ask for some personal space, that, too, is a healthy boundary.

Knowing when and how to set up healthy boundaries can be tricky. When you evaluate your values and core beliefs, it’s easier to put protections in place to support your own physical, mental and emotional health. When you do this, in most cases, you’ll be overwhelmingly supported. But you may also discover who your true allies are along the way.

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5 Ways to Cope With Depression

During the Holiday Season

By Michelle Pugle | Medically Reviewed by Allison Young, MD

Reviewed: November 19, 2021

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Despite the bright lights and festive cheer that accompany the winter holidays, this time of year can bring about feelings of loneliness, isolation, grief, and sadness, both for people with clinical depression and even for some who aren’t depressed.

This can happen for many reasons, says Akua Boateng, PhD, a Philadelphia-based licensed psychotherapist who specializes in individual and couples therapy.

“The holidays bring an increase in thoughts about family, relationships, and social engagement. If there are issues within these dynamics in our lives, depression can surface,” Dr. Boateng says.

And this time of year may also raise expectations of spending more time with family than usual, which can be stressful for some, says Sarah Gundle, PsyD, a New York City–based clinical psychologist in private practice who specializes in trauma. Boateng adds that events with family may bring up old conflicts and emotions, which can be challenging to navigate.

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Safety Planning for the Holidays

By Emma, a Hotline Advocate | Courtesy of

Holiday Safety Planning Tips

The holidays are often a time of joy and community, but for people in abusive relationships, the holidays can be stressful and dangerous. Spending time with family and friends, dealing with financial stress and traveling can make safety planning for the holidays a challenge. Family and friends of survivors may also struggle to find ways to help or be supportive. We wanted to offer a few suggestions for survivors and friends or family of survivors for making the holidays feel safer by safety planning for the upcoming holidays.

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