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Cornerstones of Care Blog

Staff Spotlight — Melissa Diddle

Staff Spotlight — Melissa Diddle

Melissa Diddle is one of our lead intensive in-home service (IIS) specialists. She and her team work hard to help families who are struggling to acquire the skills they need to parent successfully. An avid kayaker, Melissa loves to spend as much time in the water as she can when she’s not working.

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10 Ways We Experience Dignity

10 Ways We Experience Dignity

We are dedicated to making sure all of the children, families and staff we work with are treated with dignity and affirming who they are as individuals. However, if we are not aware of the ways people experience that dignity, we are liable to violate it, even if unconsciously so. Check out this list by Donna Hicks from Harvard University outlining the fundamental ways we experience dignity and the principles we all should adhere to when seeking to affirm that dignity in others.

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Finding Mental Clarity

Finding Mental Clarity

Mindfulness — the practice of being present in the moment instead of rehashing the past or imagining the future — has many great health benefits. But it can be a challenge to achieve in our fast-paced world of multi-tasking. One way to practice mindfulness is by using your senses to explore the world around you. Learn how you can do this every day with a simple pause at mealtime.

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Parents: Be Compassionate To Yourself

Parents: Be Compassionate To Yourself

With the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, everyday stress and the never-ending to-do lists can be overwhelming. Under this pressure, instead of being compassionate to ourselves like we are to others, we often become our own worst critics. Mastering self-compassion is a wonderful way to gain control of your day and reduce stress.

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Staff Spotlight — Justin Springer

Staff Spotlight — Justin Springer

Justin Springer is one of our amazing foster care case managers. When he’s not at work, Justin is a year-round griller (according to him “there is no grilling season”) and he grills some mean ribs. He’s also busy wrangling his own three children at home along with his wife, Anna.

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