My oldest is a college student in Pennsylvania. Her first year was difficult, as many freshman transitions are, and she struggled to find not only her balance but also new coping mechanisms because the ones to which she was accustomed were far away. She floundered. But she survived the rigors of her freshman year and went back to school this fall armed with the knowledge of what she would need to successfully navigate her second year in school. She didn’t wait to line up the essential resources. She implemented her plans immediately, making it a priority her first weekend back on campus to set up the most essential things she would need in order to thrive as a sophomore.
She built a blanket fort.
We all need a blanket fort.
What she didn’t know is how many other girls would come looking for a spot in that blanket fort where they could lay their burdens down. On almost a nightly basis, girls come to her dorm room to crawl into her safe zone, eat lots of chocolate, and laugh and cry and celebrate and mourn together. My daughter knew—and her friends recognized—that when crises are looming and life feels overwhelming and threatening, we all need a place to feel safe with someone who cares about us where our needs are met. That is Selah’s place in our community. We are a safe place to be loved and heard and to encounter resources that can change the storms from a life-threatening danger to an exhilarating adventure. We are basically a blanket fort.
As a holistic reproductive health center, we know that many of the free services we offer in our community intersect with situations or experiences that can feel threatening or uncomfortable. When you come for an STD test, a pregnancy test, a conversation about whether that guy is safe for you, help to parent well, or answers about adoption, you will find a safe place. We’ll be your blanket fort…