I hope this newsletter finds you as well as possible. I hope you have been taking care of yourself and your heart.
I will be honest and share that I am struggling. I know that for some, what is happening in the Middle East is another atrocity happening far away. Awful things happen around the world (and in our own communities) all the time, and often, it can be hard to wrap our heads around what’s going on or to try to educate ourselves, and most of us are already managing a lot in our own personal lives. For me, in this instance, it hasn’t been possible to turn away. The images I have seen and the rhetoric I’ve read have impacted my sleep, appetite, and relationships. I have felt dread, anguish, anger, anxiety, and everything else. And it has prompted me to seek support from my own therapist, to process my feelings, and to sit in the darkness.
I am also still trying to find joy where I can. I am pursuing volunteer opportunities in the community so that I can be of service. I am embracing opportunities to be with others. And I am trying to put one foot in front of the next.
I’m no stranger to therapy (as the client). I saw my first therapist as a young child and have been in and out of therapy since. There were times when I waited until I was just barely above water to seek support, but I have learned to ask for help earlier and to ensure that the support is there consistently when I need it. Our blog article for October is on knowing if you “need” therapy. If this is something you’ve wondered about for yourself or a loved one, perhaps it could help.
I’ve also been considering offering groups during this dark time so that we can process and sit together. If this is something that you’d be interested in, please do let me know. If I’m not the right person to facilitate the group you would benefit from, that’s okay, too. I would be glad to create an opportunity for you to be held and to process freely, and I will find the right facilitator to do that.
If you need support, please do reach out. And please be gentle with yourself and with others that you encounter. We all need it. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, and you can reach us by phone or text at (323) 388-5578.
Saba Harouni Lurie (she/her/hers)
On The Blog
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How to Help
This holiday season, consider working to end hunger with the LA Regional Food Bank! Since 1973, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 1.9 billion pounds of food. The Food Bank collects food from hundreds of resources. With the help of 15,000 volunteers annually and an agency network of more than 600 partner agencies, they serve more than 800,000 people on a monthly basis.
WHEN & WHERE:
Email Estefany Espinoza for more details
With everything that’s been going on in the world lately, it can be hard to even know how best to help. Crises like what we’re currently witnessing almost always bring about food scarcity, however, and World Central Kitchen is committed, as always, to making sure that no one goes hungry in the aftermath of a disaster. Consider donating to their organization so that they can keep functioning to provide life saving food services to the people of Gaza, Israel and the rest of the world.
On the second Saturday of each month, join a community hike within the City of Los Angeles.
On Saturday, November 11th, at 9 am, the Battalion 2 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will be hosting a hike through Griffith Park. They’ll meet at the Griffith Park Merry Go Round.
Saturday, November 11th
Starts at 9:00am
Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round
4730 Crystal Springs Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Recover-Me is an international annual fundraiser that uses original short films and visual arts to promote an educational and community orientated understanding of mental illness. They are currently looking for submissions for their upcoming event! They’re searching for L.A. local artists to submit all types of visual art about mental health awareness including but not limited to: painting, photography, sketches, sculptures, 3D art, and more!
Submissions are due by Wednesday, November 15th
Any artist who is selected will receive free tickets to the gala on December 8th!
Arlington Garden is hosting a holiday market on November 4th from 9:00am to 3:00pm featuring sustainable gifts, art, home goods, beauty supplies, and gardening materials including plants — all from local vendors who share our commitment to environmental stewardship and regeneration. There will be many desirable objects at the market that cannot be found anywhere else!
The theme this year is “HOPE” for local ecosystems and our urban landscapes. The market is free to enter, and a portion of all sales will be donated to the garden. We will also be selling our sweet marmalade — a great stocking stuffer, hanukkah, or winter solstice gift!
Saturday, November 4th
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
275 ARLINGTON DR
Pasadena, CA 91105
The City of Los Angeles Transgender Advisory Council (TAC) invites you to the 2023 TAC Transgender Day of Remembrance: A Community Gathering and Lighting Ceremony to celebrate and honor the joy, legacy, and lives of the people we’ve lost in the transgender, gender-diverse, and intersex (TGI) communities.
Friday, November 17th
5:00PM – 7:00PM
Los Angeles City Hall South Lawn
200 North Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012