We are excited to announce that we will be offering a 6 week weight loss support and education group beginning on Monday, April 15th 2013. Killian obtained her Bachelors Degree in Psychology in 1996 from Montana State University-Billings and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Walla Walla College in 2000. If you are interested in signing up for the Support and Education Group, please call or stop by our office to fill out the registration form. This entry was postedon Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 at 5:37 pmand is filed under Weight Loss Blog. I came to Go Figure because I was tired of trying to lose weight and not being successful.  My friends recommended the program to me. These dieting quotes and motivational weight loss tips are part of a series of over 360 quotes as inspiration for health, fitness and diet success. Helen Keller (June 27, 1880 - June 1, 1968) American author, political activist outspoken in her opposition to war and first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. Visit our Great Minds Think Fita„? Store to view our entire collection of Motivational Posters and Inspirational Gifts for health, sports and fitness motivation.(Clicking on the link above or the Great Minds Think Fita„? image will open up a new window. SafeLink will be back at our Northwest Center every Tuesday from 9am-4pm through the end of March. How did you come to work for BFC?: Well, when George asked me this question, I first said via car, but you mean to say how did I get job, haha! What is your favorite thing about working for Bread, or what inspired you to work here? My favorite thing about Bread for the City is that it’s like a home away from home. Growing up, which television character did you most identify with and why? The television character I would most identify with was Friend Bear from the Care Bears. This is part of a series on people and projects making change at Bread. You can read the other blog posts in the series here.
Meet Oscar Fernandez, Medical Clinic Coordinator at Bread for the City by day, co-host and co-producer of The Latino Media Collective’s weekly public affairs show on WPFW-FM Pacifica by dusk.
WPFW, as many DC residents know, is one of the only local public affairs and jazz music stations.
WPFW is funded and controlled by its listener community, and you can see that reflected in its programming. Oscar credits leaders at the station, like Executive Producer Roberto Martinez, with seeing the need and proactively addressing the issue. Oscar has been a major force for change at the station, and his work has pushed the Pacifica station towards meeting the needs of its listeners and the aspirations of its mission. Oscar says that the Latino Media Collective wrestles with questions of their standing at WPFW and their accountability to the Latino community. For Oscar, the more listeners from more cultural backgrounds who see WPFW as a community resource, the better chances the station has of thriving as a listener-funded station. Recently, Oscar was elected to the Programmer’s Board at the station, which means he will be part of a group of leaders making decisions about programming and other things. In December 2009, the World Wildlife Fund put the bluefin tuna on its “Ten to Watch in 2010” list of threatened species.
Like grouper, this fish lives a long life, but it is slow to reproduce, making it vulnerable to overfishing. How do you try to stay on track with your goals, whether healthy eating, exercise, or something else?
This means that, even as the PEP program continues to change individual lives, BFC staff and community members have also gotten involved in trying to change the overall conditions for employment in the community. The WDC was created in 2007 by Councilmember Marion Barry to help reduce Ward 8’s unemployment. The WDC aims to build the capacity of the Ward 8 workforce through a continuum of education, training, and wrap-around services that help residents prepare for, secure, and retain family-sustaining jobs and careers.
Through its diverse and growing membership of nearly 75 organizations, the Council is helping unemployed residents, including returning citizens, to overcome the numerous barriers to successful employment and economic security that exist east of the river.
Terri Acker wears many hats: mother of five daughters, Ward 8 Workforce Development Council Advocacy Workgroup member, former BOLD intern at BFC, and Anacostia resident. One goal of the Workforce Development Council is to connect employers and organizations who are offering employment and training: Goodwill Industries, Microsoft, the YWCA, Potomac Jobs Corps, and more brought information to the most recent meeting. To build on this success, Aja Taylor, community organizer in Bread’s Community Lawyering Project, is heading up the committee who will be putting on a Ward 8 Workforce Development Summit in the Spring. Stay tuned for more information on the summit and the work of the Community Lawyering Project! I try to always remind people that we owe it to others to help because we have been helped. Recently, graduates from the Pre-Employment (PEP) have started to intern in the clothing room. TaKeisha Watlington and Reggie Pierce were the first PEP graduates to participate in the six-week internship in the clothing room. I always keep it in mind that I am accountable to the people who have invested in me to make me feel special, or those who go the extra mile to make sure that I am included in projects, activities and other community events.
When I was younger, I often felt that my elders cared more about how I lived than how I felt.
I try to treat people in a way that will make them rethink typical everyday interactions, which can be corrupted by deception, mistrust, anger and impatience. Fortunately, Seafood Watch, a program run by California Monterey Bay Aquarium, has combined data from leading health organizations and environmental groups to come up with a list of seafood that’s good for you and the environment. Salmon are so well-monitored that there are biologists posted at every river mouth to actually count the salmon as they enter their home river from the ocean. Brush each salmon fillet lightly with honey mustard mixture, and sprinkle the tops (the skinless side) of the fillets with the bread crumb mixture.
Bake salmon on greased cookie sheet for 12 to 15 minutes or until it flakes easily with a fork. As has been referenced frequently here on the blog, the BFC Strategic Plan, approved by the Board of Directors in January of 2012, contains plans to strengthen our programs, increase client engagement activities, better coordinate our advocacy efforts, increase our staff’s level of cultural competence, and increase the diversity of our staff.
These strategic goals also challenge us to explore the role of race in the BFC community, especially in the areas of advocacy and client engagement. Today, I’m with another 40 members of our leadership, staff, and client communities, starting the first of two days of training, and by the end of Spring we plan to train our entire staff. Complete a review of BFC’s policies with an eye towards what we’ve learned at these trainings. To help develop a coherent work plan for reaching these 3 goals, we are partnering with Open Source Leadership, through funding from the Consumer Health Foundation.
I am excited to undertake this new leg in our journey to addressing race equity, along with other root causes of poverty. At Bread for the City, we pride ourselves on seeing each of our clients as individuals worthy of respect and dignity, regardless of their circumstances. The poverty simulation tools we used were created by the Missouri Association for Community Action, a state-wide collective of community organizations that fight poverty in Missouri. The takeaway point, for me, was that Bread for the City must continue to make our services as accessible as possible. The ladies below participated in the various Challenges since 2010 - See their final total weight loss below!
The purpose of this group is to offer additional support in a safe and confidential setting for individuals who want to address the following issues as they relate to weight: self-esteem, relationships, stress management, binge eating, depression, anxiety and self-care.


She has worked as a mental health therapist and addictions counselor and has extensive experience providing group and individual therapy. Tired of “recycling” the same 5-10 lbs but not going any further….The moral support, knowledge and encouragement from the girls at Go Figure was beyond my hopes! Within the first few weeks I was really happy with the results and emotionally I felt really good. The Go Figure program was so easy to follow and was very easy to incorporate in my lifestyle. I found myself eating more, exercising less and the pounds just crept up on me over the years. Other programs throw booklets and pamphlets at you, but at Go Figure I had one-on-one time each week to ask any questions I had (and I had a lot!). The inspirational tips on this page, together with weight loss quotes, questions, answers and positive diet affirmations for healthy weight loss, are transformed from famous Hellen Keller quotes.Helen Keller's Vision for Our Weight Loss Success is part 23 of 36 in our Great Minds Think Fita„? series for weight loss motivation. Find more information about SafeLink’s visits to Bread for the City on these flyers in English and Spanish. The Housing Access Program (HAP) provides general information on DC’s low-income housing options and ensures that our community is aware of the resources and agencies that can help.
The program helps families maintain housing and improve their long-term personal and financial stability. Aside from the great work we do for our clients and the community, I think what I appreciate the most about my workplace is the support that we as a staff provide to each other.
I joined Bread for the City as an AmeriCorps Member through Westmoreland Volunteer Corps and was lucky enough to be hired on after my AmeriCorps term ended.
I discovered the opportunity while wandering on Craigslist after being home on maternity leave with my son and said hey, this job sounds great. I feel like BFC is my second family, there to support me in my times of need and giving me people to laugh with in times of happiness.
He’s been doing the show for nearly 7 years and has been working in radio for more than a decade. He was first a college intern in 2003 while studying Print and Broadcast Journalism at Coppin State University. From the beginning, WPFW has been the voice for alternative programming in the Washington metropolitan area.
Oscar, as a volunteer, was already a part of the organization’s culture and knew how to push the organization towards growth.
They face challenges from WPFW programmers and listeners alike about whether LMC should continue to exist on the station. Oscar hopes he can encourage WPFW to ride the demographic trends towards growth while preserving the integrity of their mission. Oscar’s history with the station and new leadership position make him uniquely suited to a role as a changemaker.
This week, we are going to discuss the fish that should be avoided for various reasons (and, believe me: it hurt me to my heart to put these fish on the list of fish to avoid). The Chilean Sea Bass is prized for its buttery meat, Chilean sea bass has been fished to near depletion in its native cold Antarctic waters. Grouper can live to be 40, but they can only reproduce over a short amount of time, making them vulnerable to overfishing.
Junk food and large portions of comfort food are truly almost everywhere, and it takes exceptional willpower to make a change and stick with it for the long haul. On Wednesdays at 1 pm, we’re at the Southeast Center, and at the same time on Thursdays, we’re at the Northwest Center. Some changes that clients have already made include reducing sweetener in tea (dropping from 18 packets of sugar a day down to six), exercising five days a week (up from three), and featuring vegetables as the biggest food group on the plate (previously starches and grains).
Two steps forward and one step back, I remind the groups, is still progress as long as they remain engaged in the process.
The Pre-Employment-Program (PEP) at our SE Center has been enormously successful at serving many of these folks and connecting them with jobs.
Since its establishment, the WDC has become a gathering place for local businesses, service providers, and advocates seeking to bring jobs and development to Ward 8. In addition, the WDC acts as an intermediary to assist employers in recruiting, hiring and retaining qualified DC resident employees.
The WDC works to improve residents’ access to quality training and support services, reduce duplication of services, improve connections between training and employment, and strengthen retention efforts for newly hired residents. Much conversation lately has centered on the DC First Source Law, which has been recently amended to require that construction projects receiving government funds of at least $5 million have DC residents working 60% of work hours being performed, in all trades.
Reggie has a great personality; he makes it a point to assist people in finding what they want and make them smile or laugh. I feel that I owe them that respect, even if they are no longer living, by living out the values and standards that they poured into me. I hope that the standards of positivity, kindness, and patience that I cherish will seep into people whose lives I touch, even if just briefly in the clothing room, and that people will in turn teach these qualities to their children.
When I started to eat a healthier diet, I was told that I could eat fish at least three times a week. Through close monitoring and careful management of water quality, biologists ensure that salmon carry few contaminants and pack 1,210 mg. We’re asking ourselves, “What does it mean to have policies in our society that trend adversely toward people of color?” While we’ve engaged in conversations about race and racial justice almost since I began working at Bread in 1996, this recent energy started two years ago when Jennifer Schlissel, one of our attorneys, attended a two-day training by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB). These early trainings and conversations had a ripple effect on other staff getting trained, up until July of this year, when ten BFC staff members, including myself, and five clients completed the training. I’ve also pushed the organization to look internally, to explore the implications for racial equity within Bread for the City.
Encourage client leaders, Board Members, and other core members of the BFC community to also attend.
This dialogue is necessary to build the nurturing community Bread’s vision describes, and I look forward to creating that community both inside and outside our buildings’ walls. To enact the simulation, we transformed our Northwest Center lobby into a mini-city, complete with a welfare office, pawn shop, bank, employment center, school and even a Bread for the City. I found myself overwhelmed by the difficulty of feeding my family: the most affordable food was Betty’s Burgers, but meals from Betty’s came with the disclaimer that their food lacked the nutrition my husband and two teenagers needed to stay healthy. She joined the Go Figure team in May, 2011 as a weight loss consultant and is looking forward to offering the additional service of a support and education group. 26 lbs doesn’t sound like much, but what I’ve decreased in size compared to the pounds  has been an added bonus! My only difficulty was at the beginning when learning what to look for in the foods we eat. I also had horrible pain and swelling in my knees, feet and ankles, which is now all corrected.
Each week, as the pounds came off, the staff celebrated with me and provided encouragement.  I went from wearing size 44 pants to size 32.
Every day at Bread for the City, we encounter individuals who still rely on a landline or a friend’s cell phone, creating further barriers for low-income residents to access essential information. They provide income-eligible individuals with a FREE cellphone, 250 FREE minutes a month and no service contract.
HAP also provides in-depth assistance with site-based section 8 housing, helping clients identify the specific buildings with open waiting lists at which they are eligible to apply, helping them complete those applications, and giving guidance on the follow-up and communication process with various buildings once those applications are submitted.


There was another case worker leaving at the same time that I was graduating, and the rest is history. There’s always someone to jump in and help finish a project, bounce ideas off of, and collaborate with you. I was a social services intern with the SE Center in 2008 and absolutely fell in love with the SE Center and BFC as a whole.
It is truly a joy to work with such creative, accepting, dedicated, compassionate, inspirational individuals. Like me, she was from a small town, but had dreams of living abroad and experiencing other cultures. Working previously for Green Door, I was very familiar with it and always wanted to be a part of the agency.
Oscar is one of the few people who can claim to have stuck to one of his original career ideas.
In essence, the station started out, and continues, challenging the norm and passionately serving the under-served of our community. The station as a whole also struggles to stay relevant and useful to a changing DC listener demographic. A number of environmental organizations have advocated taking many fish off the menu because of high mercury levels, or overfishing of a particular population. Bluefin have high levels of mercury and their polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are so high that Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) recommends not eating this fish at all.
EDF has issued a consumption advisory for Chilean sea bass due to high mercury levels, adults should eat it no more than twice per month, and children aged 12 and younger should eat it no more than once a month. Together, we have the skills and life experiences to help guide participants toward their goals. The purpose is to help people stay on track with their goals of losing weight and achieving better health.
But the larger community faces serious challenges: Ward 8 has the highest rate of unemployment in the country for an area with a labor force of comparable size. Stacey Smith, director of PEP, is on the Board of Directors of the WDC, which is an alliance of workforce development and community-based support organizations, employers, labor, educational institutions, and DC and US government agencies collaborating to increase the economic security and family well-being of DC residents living east of the Anacostia River.
Previous versions of the law required a certain percentage of residents hired (but not hours worked).
Remaining patient and calm helps to diffuse a tense atmosphere before people can react with anger. I started by clearing the room out, rearranging and organizing it by bringing in my dad as a volunteer contractor to build the racks and shelves. I think the best thing about what I do is that I can’t see myself in a lofty way because I may never see the results of the work that is important to me.
The reason: Smaller (usually less than 20 pounds younger fish are typically caught this way) as opposed to the larger fish caught on long lines (usually miles long and catch everything, including the big guys). Their Undoing Racism training focuses on creating a systemic understanding of where racism comes from, what racism is, how privilege works, and how we can all play a role in removing racism from our society.
And even though one of my children was an honor student with college aspirations, I wasn’t even able to ensure that she could get to school every day, as being unemployed often meant no money for transportation expenses. I found the program to be easy to stick with, and the gals I worked with were always so encouraging and helpful.
Since I’ve started the Go Figure program I feel so great and I can do so many things pain free while enjoying myself. Bread for the City has recently started hosting a SafeLink representative to come a sign up qualified individuals on the spot! She also loved to play outside, and her best childhood friend was a guy she grew up with in her neighborhood (as is mine). Lynda Brown contacted me for an interview and, for some strange reason, she liked me (joking).
From there, he worked his way up from editor to line production to producer to engineer to sporadic co-host of the show Latino Media Collective. I believe that it’s meaningful for participants to hear my co-facilitator share about her own progress and her vision for even more. Recent conversations have been around setting goals that are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-oriented) and also how to move past obstacles when life gets in the way of reaching those goals.
PEP has been the catalyst for inspiring people to achieve their goals through self-awareness and providing opportunities that build their self-confidence.
However, I also found out that some fish should not be included in your regular menu planning. This makes Alaska’s wild-caught salmon both healthier and more sustainable than just about any other salmon fishery. It utilizes dialogue, role-playing, reflection, and strategy sessions to develop a common dialogue around race. We believe PISAB’s focus on the history of race and privilege, and the role that these factors have played in creating and perpetuating systemic oppression, is compelling and useful. Bread for the City’s leadership recognizes that this is true for many of our staff and, at our latest staff meeting, decided to do something about it by holding a poverty simulation. Living day-to-day meant that my husband and I spent much of our time and energy strategizing: who should go to the pawn shop tomorrow to sell our TV? On February 5th, SafeLink representatives came to both NW and SE Bread for the City centers, signing up 30 and 22 of our clients, respectively! Plus, since many participants view her as a peer, she has the ability to be frank in a way that can be heard more so than if I were to try to convey the same message.
While issues remain regarding union contracts, wage theft, and barriers to application, this is a significant victory. And we feel that, if BFC is going to collectively incorporate ideas about the impact of race and racism on poverty into our work, then the entire BFC community needs to have a common language and understanding of systemic racism and how it perpetuates poverty. The goal of the simulation was survival: pay all the monthly bills, ensure that all family members are fed, and get children off to school on time. At nine years, the tight blood pressure control group showed a 47 tta s blog Blood group diet: can your blood group aid weight loss? Our philosophy is that consistent community support is key to overcoming the bombardment of negative messages out there.
Other types have been harvested at dangerously low levels, so you can’t really eat those either.
That means too many of our clients are waiting on decade-long waiting lists for subsidized housing, and when the DC Housing Authority (DCHA) can’t reach them to let them know about an opening?
Not only can that wait time (of the annoying elevator music variety) be frustrating, but imagine the time and funds it takes traveling around the city in search of a place to make a phone call.
Now, clients can easily talk to a representative about any problem with their current phone or sign up for their very first time to gain access to such a vital, yet taken for granted tool.
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