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Spirit Carole & Ronald Krist Samaritan Center for Counseling & Education J U LY 2 0 0 9 • T O U C H I N G L I V E S • H E A L I N G H E A R T S
Soak up the sunshine.  Summertime is when kids are out of school, the weather is warm, the sun is bright and people go on vacation. Taking a break with the family is perfect for generating good communication and creating memories. However, some vacations are better than others for bonding time. Keep reading to discover ways you can make family time fun and fulfilling. It’s time to sit back, relax and catch this month’s Spirit.  Time to Bond: Family Vacationing During a Recession  With the recession in full-swing, families are looking for creative ways to tighten the budget. Many have chosen to give up their yearly vacation traveling plans to other states and foreign countries in favor of getting to know their own city a little better. These stay-at-home vacations, now popularly known as “staycations” are not only a great way to keep the bank account in check, but also a wonderful way to facilitate family bonding by creating memories in your own backyard.  While places like Disneyland and the Imax are fun, riding fast rides and keeping your eyes glued to a large screen does not necessarily lead to good communication and quality family time. To create bonding time, it’s important to share experiences, and there are many things to do and see in your own hometown that will give your family many opportunities to reconnect.   Here are a few quality “staycation” ides for families: •Visit an art or science museum •Go hiking or camping at a state or national park  •Talk a walk around your local zoo •Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity or other organizations •Take a day trip to the beach •Read books to your kids •Build tents out of sheets and camp out in your living room •Go bowling, ice skating or roller skating  “Staycationing” is an ideal way to strengthen family relationships outside of daily routine and responsibilities. Over time, young children may not remember specific events, but they will have special feelings of that time and fond memories of being together—and that makes it all worthwhile.  Vacation Tip Be sure to document your vacation. Take photos of each family member individually and then have someone take a photo of the whole family together. Taking pictures and framing them helps the memories you create last for years to come. Building a summer memory book before school starts is another creative family bonding activity.  Location Spotlight  Each month, Spirit spotlights a partnering congregation to reveal how Krist Samaritan Center is touching lives and healing hearts all across Houston.  Greenway  The Krist Samaritan Center partners with the St, Luke’s Center for Counseling and Life Enrichment to offer counseling services in central Houston. At this location, Krist Samaritan Center is able to offer counseling for adolescents and adults of all ages that addresses a wide range of concerns and problems. Located at 2719 Joanel in Houston, Texas, the Center’s Greenway counseling location is staffed on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. by Derek Prins, M.A., L.P.C.   “Nothing is more exciting and bonding in relationships than creating together.” ~ Steven R. Covey
Know How Your MindWorks Krist Samaritan Center Opens a New Program  The Krist Samaritan Center is starting a psychological testing program to help children and adults discover and manage varied innate issues such as learning disabilities, personality traits, intelligence, ADHD, depression and more. The program, named MindWorks Testing, will combine psychological assessments and counseling so individuals can excel socially, mentally and academically for a fuller life.  MindWorks Testing offers psychological tests for: •Gifted & Talented •ADD & ADHD •Depression •IQ (Intelligence) •Personality Traits •Substance Abuse •Clinical Behaviors •Compatibility (for pre-marital counseling) •Career Preferences •Learning Disabilities •Cognitive Delays •Developmental Delays  MindWorks Testing is funded by the generous support of the Houston Endowment, Inc.   Mark Your Calendar  A Samaritan Celebration 2009 Thursday, November 5, 2009 River Oaks Country Club  Chairpersons: Elaine and Granville Knight, Jr.  2009 honorees: Carole Krist Kristi & David Lumpkins Gena & Chuck Norris  Make a donation   T O U C H I N G L I V E S • H E A L I N G H E A R T S
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