The Grandmother Pledge, Tools for Every Day

Do you know someone who is homeless? Unemployed? Down and out? Are you at a loss for what to do, say, or how to best handle the situation? If so, a free public workshop is available to deal with the complexity of problems we see with our friends, family, and those we encounter on the streets.

The Grandmother Pledge, Tools for Every Day, is a 4 hour workshop available this Sunday, May 19th, 1-5pm at the beautiful Harmony Ridge Lodge, 18883 California 20, Nevada City. Located off of Hwy 20, just past the 5 Mile House.

This special workshop will focus on educating, inspiring, and assisting participants in better understanding the disenfranchised, homeless, or unemployed, who are struggling with emotions, social issues, and/or addiction, whether it’s within our community, family, or circle of friends.

Workshop topics include:

         Mindfulness- activate parts of the brain that increase self-awareness, enhance emotional intelligence, and effectively handle painful thoughts and feelings. 

         Reflective Listening- utilize strategies that let people know you are listening; how to perception-check oneself; and keep personal interpretation to a minimal. 

         Non-violent Communication- utilize conflict resolution techniques that build better communications skills. 

         Cognitive Behavioral Techniques- decrease anxiety & depression through body/mind awareness: i.e. positive self talk to refocus mind. 

         Dual Diagnosis- how drug addiction and mental illness intersect; and the resources and tools that are available. 

Workshop lessons provided by homeless advocate, Janice O’Brien, former Nevada City Councilwoman and Mayor, Reinette Senum, and Christina Metter, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been in the mental health field for over 13 years. Christina specializes in depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, marital and partner conflicts, existential conflicts, abuse survivors, GBLT issues, and anger management issues.

We hope you can join us.   The more prepared we are today, the better we can support those in difficult times tomorrow.

Coffee, tea, and snacks will be available. Please, RSVP at You don’t have to be the age of a grandparent to attend, you simply need to have the spirit and desire to want to reach out!