While many people in the United States celebrate Independence Day on July 4, there is another date that’s viewed as Independence Day. That’s the holiday known as Juneteenth. Almost two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, news arrived in Galveston, Texas that all slaves were to be set free. The official date, June 19, 1865, became known as Freedom/Independence Day and later, Juneteenth. Although Juneteenth is not an official federal holiday, it’s celebrated throughout the country with parades, family reunions, rodeos, picnics and rich African American traditions.
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By Sarah Davis from Finimpact
Dr. Oyola from Heartland Health Centers
will be joining Voice on Facebook Live
to answer your questions about COVID-19.
Thursday, June 11th at 4 pm
Simultaneous translation in Spanish.
Staying at home while trying to “flatten the curve” has become the norm for many families. Since schools have moved online, families are now forced to reckon with the fact that they will now go from spending just a few hours of their days with each other to spending every waking moment together. Here are a few tips to help keep the family from going stir-crazy and to add structure back everyone’s lives:
With close quarters and daily routines disrupted, it is important to set up a system where everyone feels like they are the same page. One example would be a time that everyone eats breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Another example could be scheduling activities throughout the week as a family that breaks up the monotony of staying inside all of the time.
It can be a harsh transition from 8-9 hours together to being together 24/7. Make sure to give your loved ones enough time on their own and to give them space. If possible create spaces where everyone can congregate (think dining table or the couch) and also create spaces where people can have more independent time (think in their room or a designated corner). If space is limited, set a rotation schedule, so everyone has a chance to have alone time.
Everyone is going to deal with the pandemic in their own way. Give yourself patience and grace as you are adjusting to the changes, and give your loved ones the patience they need too.
If you are interested in reading more about what you can do to make family time easier, here are a few more links that you can access:
Managing Stress during COVID-19
Whether you are an essential worker still being called into your line of duty or if you have been staying at home due to layoffs or work from home orders, COVID-19 has been taking a toll on all of us. During this challenging time, many of us are looking for resources to manage our stress and mental health. Here, we will be sharing a few resources that may be helpful for you during this time.
Take the situation day by day.
With everything constantly changing and shifting, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and unsure of what the future may hold. In this situation, it is best to take each experience at a time and each day at a time. This means to live in the moment and focus on what is right in front of you; what do you need to do this second, this minute, this hour, today?
Follow healthy daily routines as much as possible.
When life is swirling around in chaos, it can be difficult to feel in control of your situation. It may be helpful for you to keep a daily schedule to spell out the things you are going to do for the day and when you will do them. Even if you are staying inside for the majority of the day, that does not mean you can put a bit of structure in your day to day life.
Take time for yourself.
Managing stress is just as mental as it is physical. Take some time out of your day to spend it with yourself. Calm.com is providing free resources during COVID-19 has wonderful guided meditations that can help you take some tension off of your shoulders.
Manage how you consume information.
Be selective about how you consume the news. Watching too much television and reading too many articles can be stressful. Set limits on how long you consume the news each day and be careful about where you are getting your news from.
Stay connected with others, virtually!
This is the perfect time to reach out and connect with those we have not heard from in a while. Reaching out over the phone or via video chat is a great way to get social interaction without having to leave your home.
Toolkit: If you have more time and would like to read more on more detailed ways to take care of yourself, feel free to explore these resources we’ve found.
Cheap and Easy Meals to Make During Quarantine
With a statewide quarantine entering full effect (and being extended), obtaining groceries and food has become more challenging than it has ever been. Beyond groceries, we are now forced to reckon with the fact we must cook the majority of our meals by ourselves; to help alleviate the dilemma of deciding what to cook and to give everyone budget-friendly meal ideas, we have compiled a list of 5.
Check the toolkit at the bottom for links to the pages.
One-Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta
Total Cook Time: 35 min
Total Ingredient Count: 8
One Pan Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli, and Rice
Total Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Ingredient Count: 8
“Grown-Up” Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Total Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Ingredient Count: 7
Buffalo Chicken Thighs with Potatoes
Total Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Ingredient Count: 8
Pulled Pork Quesadillas
Total Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Ingredient Count: 5
Here are some more recipes that are budget-friendly and time-saving!
March 20, 2020
Dear Voice Resident,
We are writing to inform you of important updates in light of current events. For the health and safety of our residents, leaders and staff, Voice is suspending operations in the office until further notice. We will still share information regarding Voice programs, opportunities or resources of interest to residents. Expect us to contact you thru our automatic calling system, newsletters, website, and social media. If you do not already receive these alerts and would like to, please click here or call our office 773-769-2442.
Our Resident Opportunity Services program team will provide support during this health crisis by phone and remotely to provide information and referrals on
For questions, please call or leave a message at our office or with the Resident Services Coordinator at 847-920-2442. We will get back to you as soon as possible. For property management, maintenance and rent questions, please call and follow the guidelines set by your property manager.
Colleen Heitlage, MSW
Voice Resident Services Coordinator