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84-Unca*ttr Farming, Saturday, March 26, 1994
by Rebecca f scolt
Extension Home Economist
For Lehigh County
Finding Help For
The March winds are finally
ushering in a hint of spring. The
spring season often inspires the
search fdr new beginnings. Many
people long for renewal, for the
opportunity to begin again or
make changes in their lives, but
often they don’t know where to go
to find help with the process.
Being able to find help when you
need it is a valuable skill.
Several months ago, I was able
to link a friend to a vital health
service. Her mother-in-law had
been diagnosed with terminal
cancer, and I put her in touch with
the local hospice services. Last
month a single mom in one of my
parenting groups desperately
needed support from others, and I
linked her to some group meetings
for herself and her young
Connecting people to assistance
is an important task. Many people
really don’t know where to go for
help and information. They are
unaware of community systems
designed to do the connecting.
Information and referral organiza
tions keep directories of commun
ity services and resources. In the
Lehigh Valley, Valley Wide Help
- a division of the American Red
Cross - helps put people in touch
with needed support. Another
option open to employees of lar
go* companies is the corporate
Employee Assistance Program
(EAP). Many industries and cor
porations provide a counseling
service for their employees. In
most cases, assistance for employ
ees ’ family members is also
included in this benefit. EAP
counselors don’t only provide
access to therapy, they can also
help families adjust to relocation,
deal with stresses related to work
overload, and guide a teen who is
having difficulties in school.
Knowing where to go for help is
a challenge. Phone directories list
many vital human service support
numbers in the blue pages. Fami
lies should familiarize' themselves
with the range of help available.
The key to new beginnings is
seeking help. If you are struggling
with decisions, need greater infor
mation, or need a shoulder to cry
on, let others know. “Helping pro
fessionals” - counselors, clergy,
social workers, physicians - can
link you to the support you need.
Even neighbors may have experi
ence of information to share. Ask.
If you receive a call for help,
here are a few ways to be
Be available for a long talk.
Offer an arm on a troubled
Stop by and put the kids to bed
(offer to read a story or sing with
Drive with the friend to the
Take a walk together.
As a helper, avoid providing
false assurances. Often people
want to be heard. Issuing a quick
“everything will be okay" may
actually be a disservice, making
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an adult feel weak. It is appropri
ate to communicate your faith in
the person. Share your commit
ment to walk with them through
the change. Blaming others for the
situation is also unhelpful. Most
importantly, each helper should
know his or her limitations. Seri
ous problems need professional
and experienced attention. If you
LEESPORT (Berks Co.)
The dangers of E. coli 0157:H7
were magnified this past winter
when outbreaks in Washington
State and elsewhere around the
country were attributed to this rare
but extremely virulent bacteria.
Since 1982, E. coli has been re
sponsible for at least 16 major
U.S. food-borne outbreaks and 22
deaths. Young children, the elder
ly and immune-compromised in-
dividuals are at particular risk.
E. coli is found in the intestinal
tract of both animals and man, and
can be transmitted by numerous
routes: from animal to animal, ani
mal to man, animal to man on
food, and person to person
through close contact. Unlike
other bacteria, it can survive re-
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become involved with someone
who you think may need more
help than you can provide, you
can become die connecting link.
Putting people in touch with
supportive services and informa
tion in a time of need may be just
the lift they need to begin a new
phase of their lives. What a won
derful salute to spring.
frigetadon and freezing.
Although undercooked ground
beef represents one of the greatest
risks of E. coli due to its handling
and preparation, outbreaks also
have been traced to undercooked
roast beef, raw milk, improperly
processed cider, contaminated wa
ter and mayonnaise, and vegeta
bles grown in cow manure. The
best defense against E. coli is thor
According to FIND/SVP, a
marketing research firm based in
New York, total retail sales of
packaged frozen yogurt were $742
million in 1991. Still, an estimated
30 percent of the U.S. population
hasn’t even tried frozen yogurt.