Community Initiatives

Signs Of Hope Campaign

Signs with encouraging messages of hope that are universal truths that we can all unite around. The power of unity is massive and we all need these reminders. Never give up. Your Life Matters. There is always Hope. Your story is still being written. You’re not alone. One common thread that experts agree on is that people who end their lives, or attempt to, get caught in a negative cycle of thought and struggle to pull themselves out of it. Our hope is that an unexpected sign of hope would begin a positive spark that could be a game-changer for that person, no matter what their day entailed. Together, we have declared there is hope and you are not alone. The Signs of Hope are placed on our city streets, local parks, schools, and businesses.

Community Care Cards

Additional to the signs, is the hope of connecting people to services. We formatted our Community Care Cards to include community-specific mental health crisis-line phone numbers, medical and mental health providers, as well as SW Washington churches who can help the hurting find the services and support they need.

Walks and Talks

Developing walks and talks in the community where people can connect by walking and talking. It is recognized by mental health providers that getting outside, walking in the fresh air, and engaging in meaningful conversation with others can contribute to our overall mental health. This doesn’t have to be an organized effort, but Our City Cares is working with local venues, such as Why Racing, to promote healthy minds and physical fitness. This is something anyone can start doing. Make it a point to get outside to enjoy our many parks and the beautiful outdoors. Put down your cell phones, be present, and talk with the people you care about.