By Apostle Dr. Edna Perkins
On a cloudy day, it is hard to remember that the sun is standing tall and steady behind the clouds. But the sun still stands, as it always has and always will. So what are we to do in times like these? Times in which we know in our hearts that brighter days are ahead, but feel in our thoughts excruciating loneliness and devastation that such days may be so far off as to render them inaccessible?
Take time out of your busy schedule to renew your thinking. Although staying at home can be challenging for your creativity, you can fight your lack of enthusiasm and weariness. Avoid putting too much pressure on yourself. Creating unattainable expectations or burning yourself out can add to your stress.
Here are a few suggestions:
Work On A Project – Spend time doing what you have been longing to do. It may be reading, writing, knitting, decluttering, painting — whatever you enjoy.
Cooking – It can be an opportunity to meal plan some healthy dishes using what you have available at home.
Taking Time To Move Around – There are exercise programs that are free online. Many programs have apps that can be downloaded onto your devices. Check with your doctor for approval before starting any exercise program.
Meditating – Meditation and breathing exercises can help slow your heart rate down and clear your mind. When done regularly, it can shield the mind from the effects of stress. It can also help support your immune system. Just five minutes of meditation each day can help you reset your mind and your perspective.
Being Grateful – Take a minute every day to be grateful for something. It helps to renew our mind when we think about what we have, instead of our losses.
Showing Kindness To Others – During this time of unprecedented uncertainties, you can do small things like picking up groceries; donating food to someone in need; sending an encouraging text, card, or letter to someone to let them know you are thinking of them.
Taking A Brain Break – Give your mind a break by not posting your self-care routines on social media. Taking advantage of the freedom from these outlets
can be empowering.
Mind renewal is a means in which our lives can be transformed. It can be accomplished.
Revive Center welcomes Chef Jamil to 24th and Lake
The Revive Center is excited to welcome Chef Jamil of House of Bah back to 24th and Lake this weekend. Make a Reservation Now!
Chef Jamil and his now-famous Jerk Chicken were a huge hit during Native Omaha Days. Since that time, he has won first place a the PitchBlack competition hosted by the Midlands African Chamber and received overwhelming support at the recent Afro Fest held at Aksarben.
“This has been an unbelievable time for me, my family and all of our partners,” said Jamil.
“In some ways, I tried to leave the kitchen, but it keeps calling me back. It has been passed down through the generations of my family.”
One of Chef Jamil’s goals is to introduce African food and culture in new ways. Through his non-profit, Eat N’ Talk Africa, he’s doing exactly that. The goal is in his words is “to shed light on African Culinary Heritage and offer forums for intercultural exchange.”
This summer he partnered for the first time with the Empowerment Network’s Step-Up Omaha program to offer hands on culinary training to a cohort of 14 and 15 year olds. The youth advanced to preparing and cooking their own meals and worked with the entrepreneurship and technology cohorts to design and implement the Step-Up Cafe.
“The food is just one part of the vision,” he said. “I want the food to help create conversation, build bridges across different races and nationalities and create knowledge and understanding about Africa. It’s bigger than the food.”
Though his vision is bigger than the food, the food is downright excellent. Jamil brings incredibly delicious food with exquisite African flavor. Customers have given rave reviews. The presentation is second to none.
“One of the primary goals for the Revive Center is to provide a platform for chefs and cooks to introduce new foods options to the community and specifically 24th and Lake,” said Yolanda Barney, co-owner of the Revive Center.
“Not only is Chef Jamil bringing fresh new dishes with an African flavor, he’s working with us to accomplish another goal of presenting more fine dining opportunities in North Omaha.”
Chef Jamil will present the Casual/Fine Dining Experience during a Pop Up at the Revive Center on Friday and Saturday. Space is limited. Its best to make a reservation or order in advance for these nights.
Reservations can be made here. Order in Advance or for Take out here. Chef Jamil will present a three-course meal including Jerk Chicken, Cornmeal Crusted Salmon, Vegan dishes, appetizers and desserts.
On Sunday, Chef Jamil will be the featured Chef at the Revive Center’s popular Sunday Gospel Lunch between noon and 3 pm. Open seating is available as well as curbside and takeout.
In addition to these special events and popups, The Revive Center is open every week Tuesday – Saturday for lunch 11:30-2 pm. Champions Cafe features fried and grilled chicken sandwiches and strips, original gourmet burgers and specialty salads by Darnell Relford. Thursday – Saturday during lunch Wes Zollicoffer of Feeding Royals features shrimp and grits, rasta pasta, croquettes, and other pasta and seafood dishes. Open seating is available as well as take out and curbside.
For more information, please call 402-490-1542.
Ted Lampkin: Rising to Meet the Challenge
Charles Drew Health Center
Growing up down the street from Charles Drew Health Center, Inc., it was no question for Ted Lampkin to give back to the community that helped raise him.
“I’m passionate about public health because I am a product of public health services. Coming up, my family and I used the services at Charles Drew.”
As the Associate Director of Behavioral Health Services, Ted has been on the front-line teaching and training team members in new approaches to behavioral health. It’s no surprise that when COVID-19 struck, Ted was front and center.
“My role was to help transition the Behavioral Health department from doing face-to-face therapy to telehealth therapy.”
While COVID-19 began to escalate, increasing evidence highlighted racial and ethnic minority groups are being disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
“We made it easy for the patients, providing traditional face-to-face, telehealth, and when needed telephonic sessions. A lot of patients had anxiety about COVID-19 and being in the middle of a pandemic, in addition to their other stressers.”
“The benefit of telehealth is we can continue to provide quality service during a pandemic. You take out the barriers to care with telehealth.”
Brenda Avant: Providing Quality Healthcare in the Midst of COVID-19
Charles Drew Health Center
As a North Omaha native, Family Nurse Practitioner, Brenda Avant, understands educating her patients about their healthcare choices is a foundational principle to accessing safe and quality healthcare.
When the pandemic shut down Omaha metro schools, Brenda and the team members at Charles Drew Health Center, Inc. School-based Health Centers had to switch gears. While still providing in-person care, the SBHC Medical providers began utilizing telehealth to remain in contact with their patients.
“The telehealth program at Charles Drew really grew at that time. As Medical providers, we were able to continue serving our student patients through telehealth. The parents really enjoyed it because they felt even through a pandemic their child’s provider is still in tune with their needs.”
As the pandemic surged, the healthcare inequalities within the American health system began to come to the foreground. “It made me proud to see that Charles Drew was a front runner in COVID-19. The community was looking to us to help guide them through.”
“Charles Drew made it very easy for the population we serve to continue receiving care. We may be small, but we are mighty.”