For those who find themselves in a caregiver role, burnout is a feeling many face. It can be hard to remember to take time for yourself, especially when you have made it your career to help others.
Recently, several community members, including massage therapy program students at Globe University-Appleton, came together to volunteer their services for a day dedicated to pampering a special group of individuals who work at Harbor House in Appleton, Wis. Harbor House is an area non-profit organization that seeks to provide crisis intervention and a safe shelter for those facing domestic abuse.
With an idea that originated from Cherie Lindberg, co-owner of Get Connected Counseling, to host an event centered on giving back to the employees of Harbor House, plans to make this a reality ensued. “Get Connected Community, L.E.A.P, Let Your Soul Come Alive!” was held in January.
Cherie commented, “Harbor House employees work with traumatized clients. The seed was planted to teach Harbor House staff and residents about how to move toward a healing and wellness model of self-care for overall well-being.”
The event highlighted and celebrated the need for self-care. Nearly 30 Harbor House employees attended this event dedicated to them and the difference they make in the lives of their clients.
Globe University-Appleton massage therapy program students received the opportunity to do some hands-on learning by providing chair massages to the event participants. Instructor Kathryn Tollefson noted that this was a great opportunity for them to interact professionally with the public.
Students enjoyed giving back to the community. Angela Givens, massage therapy student, said, “I am so happy to have been a part of making someone feel good on that day.”
Lori Weber, another student in the massage therapy program, commented on the gift a simple act can bring. “We were there to offer our skills to help these women to relieve a little stress and feel relaxed. It’s nice knowing that as a massage therapy student, I was able to help make these women feel better just by giving them a simple chair massage,” she said.
Jeanne Loehnis, of Songs for Your Spirit, who assisted in the logistical coordination of the event, was overjoyed by the results of the event.
“The turnout was astounding! The number of local practitioners who were so very willing to volunteer their time and talent in service of the Harbor House community was phenomenal,” Jeanne said. “What we as a group were able to create from the wealth of generosity was nothing short of magic.”
“We had such wonderful feedback about the event that we would like to see something happen more often,” Cherie said. “Learning to take care of yourself and feel good is so important.”
Organizations and individuals who made this event so special include:
- Allure Salon
- Arbonne Independent Consultants
- Get Connected Counseling
- Globe University-Appleton
- A bit of Magick
- Massage Connection
- Moasis Massage
- Peaceful Pace Corporate Wellness
- Revive Appleton
- Sitawi Life Coaching
- Songs for your Spirit
- Touching Tranquility
- Jan Rohloff
Community members rallied together to show their support of the important job these individuals do on a daily basis for victims of domestic abuse in our community. Check out their thank you video, produced by Anything Media Group.