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A Casserole Community

Updated: Jun 2, 2022

I am not going to lie.

The idea for this story, podcast, chat with my friends at Southeast Health group started as I was scrolling Tik Tok one night. I came across something I watched, and watched again. It was a woman giving a speech, like a Ted Talks sort of format, to an audience. She was saying that people used to bring us casseroles and society isn't doing that the way we once did.

Laura DiPrince of Southeast Health group says there are a lot of factors that play into folks avoiding each other. She says Covid taught us to do that some of that with being isolated. "People got used to being on their own and doing things independently." Laura says there's a different trend with social media where we join and have a connection.

Southeast Health's Jennifer Pollmiller says taking the time to put together a casserole and then hand delivering it is a great way to connect and start a relationship. She says she experienced that when she moved into her home in Manzanola. Jennifer said the neighbors showed up with food and really made her feel welcome.

Ironically, we were all having this conversation about connection after finding the idea on a social media platform, as Jennifer pointed out. If you would like to hear the whole conversation, we created a little informal podcast. You can hear it here.

And if you're curious about the video that started our conversation, scroll down to see it.

Southeast Health Group has many programs that help connect people to have face-to-face relationships.

The Coffee Break Project is a relatively new one and has been successful. The project provides a place in Rocky Ford to connect over coffee and doughnuts. The meeting times are Monday and Wednesday from 6am until 10 am.

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