The kick-off event went off without a hitch, after a few glitches with the event location and time. But it all came together. Tracy and I got everything situated, set up the room the day before, and prepared the poster boards, chairs, folders, and door prizes.
It was a small group of people on Sunday, but the best part is that I had 15 door prizes and there were 15 people there, which meant everyone went home with a gift, even me ;) It just so happened the one gift I wanted for myself was the one left on the table after everyone picked one for the partner they worked with during the discussion and brainstorming session. So, yes the people that came were meant to be there.
As a group we talked about statistics related to people with eating disorders, what treatment is like, the resources in MN (or lack there of), the vision I have with a community space, and they heard my story of living a life with an eating disorder to living life in recovery.
There was even a student senator of a local community college there, who wanted to educate them-self about eating disorders, and they ended up bringing a lot to the group in terms of what is needed at schools, for professionals, and how to help people who are in need of healing before going to treatment, or some kind of gap program.
I am so thankful for everyone who came and can't wait for the next event!
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