Nonprofits Team Up to Challenge Community

Two Michigan based 501c3 nonprofits, A Beautiful Me and Blue Water Recovery and Outreach Center, have a personal challenge for you. Their executive directors, Karen Palka and Patrick Patterson are asking the community to examine their everyday experiences, even in the midst of the challenges presented by COVID-19, and think about what they’re grateful for.

“An attitude of gratitude is a big part of one’s healing process for those trying to restore their life,” states BWROC Center Manager, Patrick Patterson. “When we focus on what we have versus what we don’t have, we gain positive emotions, think about good experiences and deal with adversity. Gratitude is not only important to those who battle addiction, this attitude is important for us all as we come together to overcome the coronavirus.” 

Studies on the subject support an association between gratitude and an individual’s well-being. A Beautiful Me and BWROC are asking you to join them in the 2020 Gratitude Challenge and unite to overcome the obstacles we’re all facing. Take a picture of something you’re grateful for, and share it on social media with the hashtag #gratitudechallenge. You can also follow the hashtag on your social media accounts to join others in focusing on the positive.

Reporting for WGRT – Jessie Wiegand