South Phoenix Healthy Start Program

Did you know if you are an African American woman who is PREGNANT or thinking about starting a family, your chances may higher for unhealthy birth outcomes? Statistically, African American women have higher incidents of giving birth to low birth weight babies, going into pre-mature labor and having children die before age of one. But,…

Financial Matters October/November 2013

Financial Matters October/November 2013 – Stuart Burns First off I want to thank Father Matters for putting together a fantastic Pearl Conference 2013. Was great to see so many couples there listening to both Vance and Rana and Chris and Carmen talking about building strong marriages and I know that all who were there were…

Pearl Conference 2013 was a Great Success!

Keep Up the Good Work! The 2013 Pearl Conference, Evening of Elegance held October 19th at the Phoenix Airport Plaza Hotel hosted by Vance and Rana Simms was a great success and a huge blessing to us and those in attendance. We met great people, enjoyed a wonderful meal and Carmen and I were encouraged…

Offer a Second Chance – Be a Mentor

Offer a Second Chance – Be a Mentor If you’re not currently mentoring someone, it’s time to ask yourself: “Why not?” At its most basic level, mentoring helps adults establish stable lives by reducing the chaos brought about by poverty, homelessness, underemployment and the effects of incarceration. The mentoring relationships improve lives by developing skills…

Being Bullied During Childhood Can Lead to Health Problems

Being Bullied During Childhood Can Lead to Health Problems Children who are bullied often suffer from low self-esteem, poor grades, and physical health problems that can lead to an unhealthy outlook on life. In the October 2013 Pediatrics study, “Bullied Children and Psychosomatic Problems: A Meta-analysis,” (published online Sept. 16), researchers reviewed data from 30…

Lessons from the Cinderella Man by Chris Garner

Lessons from the Cinderella Man by Chris Garner James J. Braddock boxed professionally in the 1920’s and 30’s. Quickly, he became a contender and was widely acknowledged as one of the best young boxers of his time, fighting for the light heavyweight title in 1929. His heartbreaking loss in that fight seemed to be an…

When Should You Stop Your Counseling Sessions

When Should You Stop Your Counseling Sessions In the state of Virginia there are a myriad of skilled for example has a wide variety of highly experienced therapists ranging from marriage counseling, stress therapy, addiction therapy and much more besides. One of the most common questions asked is how long do I keep attending sessions…

Financial Matters September 2013 – Stuart Burns

Financial Matters September 2013 – Stuart Burns For the last several months we have been reviewing some strategies to save money, budgeting, details behind credit such as FICO scores and the benefit of building and maintaining good credit. It’s pretty easy for me to be passionate about money matters since I see how it affects…

I is for Invisible

I is for Invisible By Neil Tift For my daughter Hannah’s second Christmas, my wife and I ordered a tape of children’s music that had her name woven into each of the six songs. She was excited when she opened her gift and immediately wanted to listen to her new tape. The first tune was…

Ease Back-to-School Stress

Ease Back-to-School Stress If back-to-school time has your child wound up, you can help him adjust. Slowly switching to an earlier bedtime and displaying a calm, positive attitude will help. Change may be good, but it’s not necessarily easy. Switching from the laid-back fun in the sun of summer to rules, homework, and routines can…