Welcome the New Executive Director
Lisa McDonald became the Executive Director of CRC in August of 2016. Lisa has a varied background including 16 years as a Pastor. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in Business Communications and Marketing and from Rhema Bible Training Center with a degree in evangelism.
Lisa is passionate about applying the truth of the Gospel and the Word of God to successfully navigate life and all the difficulties it brings. She believes in helping people learn to deal with psychological illnesses, stress and setbacks in a healthy fashion.
Lisa was drawn to CRC because it is an organization that combines spiritual support (Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior) with effective and compassionate mental health care, leading to true inner healing: spirit, soul & body.
Lisa’s favorite verse is Isaiah 53:5, “ … the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed!”
Did you know that there are 31 chapters in the book of Proverbs? It is ideal to correlate one chapter per day with the day of the month. For example, read Proverbs 10 on September 10th. Proverbs is full of wisdom and life applicable truths, many on how to handle difficult issues and emotions. Sometimes we struggle with what to read from the Bible each day; if you are unsure give this a try. There are oodles of mobile apps that you can use too—some even read you the entire chapter. It couldn’t be easier or more accessible. You will be encouraged and gain valuable life lessons each day. Give it a try today! Follow Proverb of the Day on Facebook and Twitter.
The Importance of Setting SMART Goals
Do you ever feel like you’re working hard but not getting anywhere? Maybe you see little improvement in your skills or achievements when you reflect on the last five or 10 years. Or perhaps you struggle to see how you’ll fulfil your ambitions during the next few years.
Many people spend their lives drifting from one job to another, or rushing around trying to get more done while actually accomplishing very little.
SMART is an acronym that you can use to guide your goal setting. Its criteria are commonly attributed to Peter Drucker’s Management by Objectives concept. Setting SMART goals means you can clarify your ideas, focus your efforts, use your time and resources productively, and increase your chances of achieving what you want in life. To make sure your goals are clear and reachable, each one should be:
- Specific: Your goal should be clear and specific, otherwise you won’t be able to focus your efforts or feel truly motivated to achieve it.
- Measurable: It’s important to have measurable goals, so that you can track your progress and stay motivated. Assessing progress helps you to stay focused, meet your deadlines, and feel the excitement of getting closer to achieving your goal.
- Relevant: This step is about ensuring that your goal matters to you, and that it also aligns with other relevant goals. We all need support and assistance in achieving our goals, but it’s important to retain control over them. So, make sure that your plans drive everyone forward, but that you’re still responsible for achieving your own goal.
- Achievable: Your goal also needs to be realistic and attainable to be successful. In other words, it should stretch your abilities but still remain possible. When you set an achievable goal, you may be able to identify previously overlooked opportunities or resources that can bring you closer to it.
- Time bound: Every goal needs a target date, so that you have a deadline to focus on and something to work toward. This part of the SMART goal criteria helps to prevent everyday tasks from taking priority over your longer-term goals.
How Can YOU Help?
Many times we assume that if a client cannot afford mental health services, they will somehow find care at a different clinic or with another provider. Unfortunately, this is not the case. If a client cannot afford services, they typically choose to go without the care they desperately need and their functioning declines even further…we work here because we passionately and strongly believe that no one who needs mental health care should go without. In recent months, our commitment to not turning clients away has helped many people reach healing; for example, a mother with three young children left her abusive spouse, a young woman with a trauma history re-entered school to finish her degree, and a man with a history of sexually inappropriate behaviors towards his children came to us for treatment to ensure he doesn’t harm other children.
The beauty of the care we give is that, with God’s grace, we do make a dramatic impact on lives each and everyday. Our only obstacle to this work is ensuring we have the funds to do it. This is where you come in, every gift enables us to help another person,
which has a large ripple effect on their kids, their families, their co-workers and so on. Please prayerfully consider giving today.
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