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Blue Zones Project

Dear Church,

I was out of the office all day on Wednesday participating in something called the “Blue Zones Project”. Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System has been in conversation with the administration of this project about the possibility of Salinas becoming a “Blue Zone City”. This conversation has been happening for several months and this week represents the next step in the discerning process. It is a week of presentations, focus groups, one-to-one conversations with City leaders and on Friday a walking audit to see what the city feels and looks like by foot.

When we were first asked to participate in this week,


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A Borrowed Column

Dear Church,

Each week I receive an email blog post from a man who runs a large homeless shelter in Illinois. Here is his recent column (shared with permission). I found it really thought-provoking.

Ryan’s weekly tip for homeless, mentally ill and addicted patrons

I slept in a homeless shelter last night.

I work at one of the largest shelters in Illinois.  Whenever my wife and kids are out of town, I sleep here to get fresh perspective.  I figure that I should have some idea what it is like to sleep here.

I jotted down notes of things that struck me:


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         Cindy Storrs    NSC Administrator