Friday, May 11, 2012

New Friends at Common Ground Times Square

Yesterday, I was one of a few dozen local wellness businesses who displayed at the Green Healthy Living Expo at Common Ground's Time Square Building. I showed residents and staff affordable, green alternatives to toxic conventional cleaning products. I also shared a few cleaning tips. I had a fantastic time!

(Hello, to any new friends who might be reading this. It was great to meet you! I'll be emailing you some green cleaning recipes soon.)

Common Ground is a non-profit organization working to end homelessness in NYC in two ways. For the chronically homeless, they create safe, secure housing with on-site support services to help them address the psychosocial, mental, and physical health problems that are obstacles to independent living. They also offer affordable housing for individuals who find themselves at the edge of homelessness.

As a small child, my family was affected by homelessness when a fire destroyed our apartment. We lived in a shelter for several months before we found a new home. I don't remember much of that experience, but it's left me with the impression that the work of Common Ground (and other organizations like it) is very important. I felt so lucky to be able to partner with them and share some of my knowledge with the community.

Please visit Common Ground and consider making a donation to support their efforts to make sure everyone in the city has a healthy and happy home.

Olivia Lane is a Blogger, Green Living Educator, and Health Coach trained at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She's also author of Baking Soda & Bliss: The Healthy & Happy Guide to Green Cleaning 

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