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Go Fish!

October 25, 2020 | By Todd Ashmore | Blueprints

"The 'teach a person to fish' approach is one that my family buys into because the educational investment is a life-long skill."

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From Homeless to Hopeful

June 10, 2019 | By Liz Handzus | Blueprints

Eighteen months ago, the situation seemed hopeless.

“I was homeless, living in vacant houses, suffering from a drug addiction, and did not have custody of my children.” 

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When There's a Will, There's a Way

July 12, 2018 | By Blueprints | Blueprints

Some say that “the best parents get promoted to grandparents.”  However, when families are struggling with substance abuse problems, sometimes Grandma and Grandpa must take on the many responsibilities of Mom and Dad.  Emotionally, physically, and mentally, it can be a lot to handle.  Especially for little guys like William.

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Getting Ahead While Getting Out

June 16, 2017 | By Kristin Emery | Blueprints

Lisa was at a low point in her life. She was in recovery for alcoholism, had lost her job in the food industry and ended up in jail because of a domestic dispute. That's when she saw a flyer for a program that could help her turn her life around. "I learned about the program when I was in jail," remembers Lisa. "I decided I was ready for a change when I got released. I wanted to make a plan for my future."

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A Family Blessed

January 30, 2017 | By Washington County Community Foundation with contributions from Kristin Emery | Blueprints

Today, Paul and Tracy Tencer's home is full of love, laughter, and the joyful sounds of children at play. But for a time, the Tencers weren't sure that providence would ever bless their home in such a way.

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