All Kinds of News for June 06, 2018
EDGE Learning and Wellness students participated in the Volunteers of America of Illinois 2018 Hope Walk this past May. The fifth annual walk raised funds and awareness for programs that provide veterans with stable housing and income, life skills, greater social networks and improved health and wellness.
The Hope Walk’s mission to provide veterans with greater access to mental health services particularly resonated with EDGE students, as several strive to overcome obstacles with anxiety, depression and other mental health challenges themselves. Throughout the walk, students realized how crucial it is to provide veterans — a population with a suicide risk 22 percent higher than that of non-veteran adults — with resources, support and meaning.
"I enjoyed getting out and walking for a good cause,” said one EDGE student. “It was great to see so many people supporting veterans."
EDGE continues to participate in events like the Hope Walk to help others and increase the social wellness of its students. When EDGE students contribute to and connect with their community, both the student and their Chicago neighbors experience positive and fulfilling outcomes and increased interpersonal relationships.
"It’s so important for us here at EDGE to give back, no matter how big or small the effort,” said EDGE Life Coach Carissa Johnsen. “This walk was a simple way for our students to show veterans gratitude for their service. Becoming more supportive and aware of underserved populations can be an important part of personal growth — something we really try to help instill in all of our students.”
About EDGE Learning and Wellness Collegiate Community
EDGE Learning and Wellness Collegiate Community is an accredited transitional living program located in Chicago, IL. EDGE offers therapeutically supported residential and non-residential options for post-treatment young adults. The participants, ages 18 -24, are striving to excel academically, while creating a life of balance, joy and wellness.