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Sidelined by grief

Staff Writer | November 28, 2021 1:00 AM

As part of the annual Press Christmas for All Campaign, we share with readers stories of those applying for help. This is one of them.

After struggling with debilitating grief over the loss of her husband, daughter, mother and brother during a short few years, “Rachel,” 61, began to struggle mentally. She eventually sought help from Union Gospel Mission, where she currently resides.

The grief of these losses and a past struggle with addiction became too much to bear. But Rachel’s diligence in sticking with her program has helped her find a place of stability and hope once again.

Nearing the completion of an 18-month residential program, Rachel has secured permanent housing through the Idaho Housing Authority, where she will be moving next week.

“This program has helped me tremendously with grief, my health and healing from the inside out,” Rachel said. “It’s been amazing.”

Feeling strong enough at this point to live more independently, Rachel has plans to create a home business in which she can use her skills and share her creative passions.

Rachel wants to start a craft business, selling her wares at craft shows. Rachel worked as a seamstress in the Coeur d’Alene area for about 20 years. She enjoys quilting and making clothes for her grandchildren.

Noting that “doggie clothes” are all the rage lately, Rachel has industrious plans to design and sew them when her small business gets off the ground, she told Press Christmas for All.

Assistance from the Press Christmas for All program will help her acquire supplies and get her started on a fresh road to independence.

Press Christmas for All donations goes to help people like Rachel who are striving to find success in their lives, despite truly difficult circumstances.

This is the 36th year that Press Christmas for All has sought to brighten the lives of Kootenai County residents in need.

Each year, Press readers donate generously to the program. Every penny raised is distributed to Kootenai County residents. All overhead costs are covered by The Hagadone Corp.

Gift recipients are our neighbors who are struggling, including the elderly, disabled, veterans, the homeless and mentally ill. Many who seek assistance from Christmas for All are working, but living near or below the poverty level.

The beneficiaries of Press Christmas for All are going to keep their dignity intact while the community provides a hand up to help get them back on their feet.

Press Christmas for All is managed by The Hagadone Corp., with assistance from It is a legally recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit, run entirely by volunteers.

Here are four ways to donate:

  • Mail a check to Press Christmas for All, 215 N. Second St., Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814.
  • Call The Press and make a secure credit card donation over the phone: 208-664-8176
  • Go to Click on the MENU button, then click on Christmas for All 2021.
  • Drop off your check at The Press weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.: 215 N. Second St. in downtown Coeur d'Alene.

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