Year to date financials have been posted http://alt-fw.org/public/?page_id=1971
We have been evaluating our performance and re-focusing on our core strengths. Right. Two computer classes are starting this week: Monday evening at 7:00-9:00 and Thursday afternoon at 2:00-4:00. Four seats are open Monday, two seats are open Thursday. If you want to join, be there.
If you struggled through reading that, here are some pictures to enjoy.
Started belts for Ed & Bob. This leather is very soft, almost suede. They are getting nice material. Got it cut from the hide and just finished beveling the edges here before smoothing the edges and punching the holes. Then I will stamp their names in a place only they will see: a belt individually crafted specifically for them and no one else.
These will both be black, one with embossing and one without. They will have the stock “economy” buckles but their new owners can upgrade any time they wish by simply un-snapping the current buckle and sliding on the new one.
If you would like to help support our job skills training by purchasing a belt, make a donation for $32 (and if you need to belt mailed to you + $5.80 postage) using our PayPal Donate Now button. On the PayPal payment screen write the belt width (1″, 1.25″, 1.5″), your waist size as measured with a tape (ex: 47″), the color (black, red, blue, green, tan, only clear coat, uncoated leather), whether you do or do not want embossed scrolling down the sides, and any text you want stamped onto the belt. You can also send this information to us in email at firstname.lastname@example.org after making your payment using the PayPal button (we love you all but we can’t make you a belt until it is paid for).
Year-To-Date Financials for Adult Life Training, Inc. have been posted at http://alt-fw.org/public/?page_id=1971
Part of the beauty of the INATR Access to Recovery program is in the variety and diversity of the providers. Over the last few years we have committed resources to ATR, but we have seen the number of people we help drop from several a week outside ATR to 1-2 every three months in ATR and the small reimbursement we receive from the occasional ATR client has not offset the time and expense of the ATR overhead and training. We feel we can best serve our community by returning to an independent process that helps people with skills training over a period of weeks, for free, outside the formality of the ATR process.
All citizens are welcome to join our classes, for free, including ATR clients. However these classes will be more extensive covering computer job skills and coaching in hard skill development using computer tools rather than a single short interview. All citizens may also avail themselves on a shared basis of the free use of our computers and Internet connectivity business days (M-F) from 9:00-5:00, with informal coaching also available most weekdays from 9:00 until 1:00. We will not be providing the intense individualized evaluations and training that we have provided under ATR.
We value and appreciate the experiences that we have had together, and hope we can continue to help when appropriate, in our own way.
API Leather Crafting has graciously granted us financial help in the form of a fund raiser. API Leather Crafting will provide belts to us at their cost and they are donating everything over their cost to us to help support our Back to Work 2013 Job Skills Training programs for this year.
This is AWESOME for ordering TOOL BELTS which tend to be wider than normal belts and cost an arm and a leg: $32 + $5.80 postage does it. API will also do some custom work for you, for example if you want them to punch holes at specific intervals down the belt to hold tools, or stamp your name or tag number on the belt: you simply cannot get this level of detailed personalization for any price at the mega box hardware store. Order it as “untreated leather” so you can oil it yourself.
To see what they have, browse to API Leather Crafting, then send them an email with your name, address, belts with (3/4″, 1″, 1.25″, 1.5″, 2″), belt color (red, black, green, tan, blue, clear coat only, or untreated natural leather), length around your waist (not length of a previous belt), whether you want embossing down the edges, and any lettering you want (your name, USMC, USAF, etc.) stamped on the belt. You must pay in advance from our PayPal “Donate” button — top right of each of our web pages — and leave a note in the PayPal payment box with your address information and belt specifics.
one belt — $32 plue $5.80 USPS fixed rate box postage
two belts — $64 + $5.80 USPS (two belts will fit in one box)
Year 2012 financials have been posted at http://alt-fw.org/public/?page_id=3115
Best wishes for a Happy and Prosperous New Year!
The season from Thanksgiving to New Years has the highest rate of suicide in the entire year. People who have lost a loved one feel that loss with special severity during these holidays even of it has been a few years since the loss. Returning Warriors, people suffering financial resource starvation, the homeless, and those with special medical needs and addictions are especially affected: they cannot afford food, or shelter, or participate when all those around them are buying and giving presents. “I don’t matter. Nothing matters. My family, the world, everyone, would be better off without me. I wish I was dead.”
The following quote is from an article on psychalive.org:
“In April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a release stating the overall suicide rate rises and falls in connection with the economy.”
And the article goes on:
“A common misconception about suicide is the belief that a suicidal person wants to die, and that they cannot be helped. This is far from being the case. The suicidal state is almost always short-lived and treatable. When someone decides to end their life, they are acting out the will of an internal enemy or “anti-self.” A suicidal individual is divided between their true self that is on their side and wants to live and an anti-self which attempts to destroy them. By understanding this division, suicidal individuals can begin to challenge the distorted filter through which they view the world when in a suicidal state. … for every 1 percent increase in a state’s unemployment rate, the number of suicides increases by 1.3 percent.”
Warning Signs for Suicide
- Extreme self-hatred — “You don’t deserve to live.”
- Personalized hopelessness — “Nothing matters anymore. You should just kill yourself.”
- Pushing away friends and family — “What’s wrong with you? Look at all this trouble you’re causing the people who love you.”
- Isolation — “Just be by yourself. You are better off alone.”
- Thoughts of not belonging — “You don’t fit in anywhere.”
- Thoughts of being a burden to others — “You’re just dragging everyone down. You are such a burden; they would be better off without you.”
The following are common behaviors that indicate suicide risk:
- Past attempts
- Disrupted sleep patterns
- Increased anxiety and agitation
- Outbursts of rage or low frustration tolerance
- Risk-taking behavior
- Increased alcohol or drug use
- Sudden mood change for the better
- Any talk or indication of suicidal ideation or intent, planning or actual actions taken to procure a means
If you are concerned about someone who is suicidal you can understand the misconceptions about suicide. You can become aware of the do’s and don’ts of suicide prevention. You can identify the risk factors for suicide and learn the actions to take to help a loved one “step back from the edge.” http://www.psychalive.org/2011/09/suicide-prevention-advice-2/ and this same web site has an abundance of resources to help, including coping suggestions http://www.psychalive.org/2010/03/coping-suggestions-for-the-suicidal-person/.
If you are feeling suicidal right now, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/) for help. On their web site they write “No matter what problems you are dealing with, we want to help you find a reason to keep living. By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.”