BreaktheTide is sponsoring Columbia Community Care’s Wellness for Building Strength, Happiness and Peace of Mind program. This program is offered by Tahis Blue, a certified fitness coach and personal trainer. She is a mother of three children and a graduate of Wilde Lake High School (class of 2000). She is the owner of Tai Blue Coaching, a Black Woman owned health and fitness business in Howard County, Maryland.
The Wellness for Building Strength, Happiness, and Peace of Mind program is intended to support moms in their own wellness goals, while also being realistic and transparent about the demands of life. This program would also remove the barrier of cost that is an obstacle to health access for so many women.
The program will offer training and sessions around the “Primary Components of Wellness”, which will include:
- Positive Emotion
- Mindset (Growth vs. Fixed)
- Positive Relationship
- Purpose and meaning (The Big “WHY”)
- Goals & Accomplishment
- Stress Management & Mindfulness
- Physical Exercise
- Purpose and Me
Interim Update as of October 26, 2023
BreaktheTide transferred the first installment of $1,000 to Columbia Community Care (CCC). This is 50% of the overall funding commitment.
CCC in collaboration with Tia Blue Coaching offered four parts wellness sessions (Build Workshops) for women in partnership with The Spot Wellness Lounge in Columbia, Maryland.
Interim Update as of October 26, 2023
Columbia Community Care (CCC) in collaboration with Tia Blue Coaching offered four wellness sessions for women in partnership with The Spot Wellness Lounge in Columbia, Maryland.
10-15 women participated and an average of 10 women came to all four sessions and signed up for future programming and events. The program provided a safe space for women to feel connected, seen, heard, and supported and to explore multimodal ways to promote and prioritize their health and wellness.
It has been a pleasure working with you and supporting your wellness mission with my programming and coaching. I am so excited that we have decided to continue our work together for the long-term, with more exciting community events and virtual connections on the horizon. For the four live events we have hosted, we were able to support about 20 women from all backgrounds, in different seasons of motherhood, with children of all ages. – Coach Tai
Coach Tai’s wellness program is a rare find for mothers of all ethnicities and backgrounds. An ambiance of security, authenticity, and love blankets you throughout the sessions. My participation in the program has provided me with a place where I can be vulnerable, inspired, and supported without judgment. The program provides pathways to advance maternal mental, emotional, and social health. I am so grateful for the community of wonderful women who have come together to help one another navigate through contrasting experiences both personally and professionally. – Conette B.
We enjoyed hosting this wellness event with Tahis. She led the group weekly on self- improvement, healing and wellness approaches to life. The group enjoyed it and continued to come back every week. We hope to host these events in the future as an ongoing monthly service provided to her clients at the wellness center. This program was exceptional, and I highly recommend it. – Stephanie Lightfoot
I want to thank you for your Friday night classes. Thank you for taking the time out and caring for others! The Friday night sessions were beneficial to me personally. I need to take more time out to care for myself. My health is a priority. If I’m not ok I won’t be able to take care of my kids. I need to work on my sleep, exercise and my thoughts. Honestly I need and look forward to future support with all the areas offered (fitness & nutrition, mindset, sleep and stress management, overall self care wellness). – Karen
Columbia Community Care (CCC) was founded in March of 2020 to address the exacerbated hardships and inequities related to food access in Howard County due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CCC currently operates three in person food distribution sites on Saturdays and operates the free grocery delivery service at the Columbia Flier Building three days a week. CCC has always been intentional about removing barriers to access and creating a model of mutual aid. CCC also knows the importance of addressing the root causes of poverty, hunger, inequities, and injustice is essential in ensuring that we all don’t just survive, but thrive. As a non-profit, CCC has expanded to respond to the holistic needs of the community and has served hundreds of thousands of residents of Howard County and this past year and reached over 16,000 home deliveries, since our founding, of full grocery orders for those who lack transportation or otherwise cannot get to the in-person sites.
As a non-profit, CCC has expanded to respond to the holistic needs of Howard County families through partnering with organizations, community members, and businesses to provide programming and services under our four Pillars:
- Liberation Education
- Health and Healing
- Purpose Pathways and
- Essential Resources
In addition to its focus on essential resources, CCC has a mentorship and youth led community safety program, a restorative peace circle program designed for community building, celebration, and healing, several liberatory education programs, and a volleyball program with Black female collegiate coaches. CCC programs and essential services support the mission to address root causes of inequities and shift the power dynamic in Howard County.
Over the past year CCC has implemented almost a dozen programs and have also collaborated with county offices, other nonprofits, and organizations to offer equity focused community events. Most recently we hosted an Essential Resources Day and Free Expungement Clinic in collaboration with over twenty community organizations, businesses, and individuals. This event attracted over 150 participants, approximately 90 of which participated in the Expungement Clinic, which will ultimately remove life altering barriers and obstacles to housing, jobs, schooling, and more. CCC has done an incredible job at providing essential resources to our community for almost three years now.
CCC has been honored with multiple community awards and are considered one of the most influential nonprofits of Howard County. We have won Best of Howard County Best Volunteer Organization for 2020, 2021, and 2022, and Best of Howard County Pandemic Hero in 2020. We also recently received a Howard County Government Rise to the Challenge Award. We have tremendous community outreach and influence through our relationship with community partners including other nonprofits and businesses, politicians and government officials.