Spotlight with Laurie Hardie

Each week host Laurie Hardie brings you the issues affecting the Pacific Northwest and the people making a difference in our community and sometimes beyond. Expect compelling conversations with local leaders and influencers. Spotlight is dedicated to presenting you with issues that matter - including education, health, mental health, and the environment.

Latest Episodes

Spotlighting The IF Project

The “if” Project. The project helps women transition out of prison back into the “real” world. Offering them a mentor and connections for jobs and services to help them be successful. Founded by a Seattle Police officer, the if Project strives to ask the question, if there was something someone could have said or done that would have changed the path that led you here, what would it have been? Kim Bogucki and Andrea Anderson talk about the program and how it has impacted lives.

Spotlighting Suicide Prevention Month With Dr Abarham

Dr Anisha Abraham is the author of the book “Raising Global Teens”. September is suicide prevention month and Dr. Abraham analyzes key subjects facing today’s teens, in the context of our modern, mobile world. In an interview, Dr. Abraham can share real-world examples with practical solutions, drawing on her latest research and personal experiences to help teens thrive in school despite COVID-19 and the eradication of their daily lives.

Ditch the Drama

Ginny Priz talks about recovery. September is recovery month and she shared about her TV show BloomTodayTV and her book Ditch the Drama. She talked about resources available for people in recovery and their families. Because she struggled with addiction herself she understands the power of story and feeling like you are not alone. https://bloominthedark.org/bloom-today/ http://serenityjourneyministries.com/

Spotlighting Operation Night Watch

Rick Reynolds with Operation Night watch joined us via phone to talk about Operation night watch and their work with the homeless community in Seattle. Also the impact COVID 19 has had on their work and on him personally as he was exposed to and contracted the virus. Their fundraiser has gone virtual and will be in October, Called the PB and J luncheon. For information https://www.seattlenightwatch.org/

Spotlighting Susan G Komen More Than Pink Virtual Walk

Molly O’Connor with the Puget Sound Affiliate of Susan G Komen talks about the virtual walk Sept 27th 2020. She says some of the funds from this walk are to help women who are going through treatment during COVID – 19 and need help with groceries and transportation. She throws in a reminder to get your mammogram even during COVID, it is safe. She stresses early intervention and detection. The virtual fundraiser is Sunday Sept 27th, it will kick off with an opening ceremony at noon and then time to #WalkWhereYouAre.

Spotlighting Snuggle Buds

This week we hear from Jasmine Jean with Snugglebuds. As a childhood cancer survivor she has some chronic illness from her chemo back in the 1980’s. Cancer research has come so far now, last Christmas when she was again in the hospital, she decided she was going to make dolls for kids going through cancer treatments. These dolls called “buds” have IV’s ports, and are bald, they have lab coats and Dr. Name tags with their names on them. These buds are making a significant difference for kids with cancer, not only does it empower them, but helps educate them and make them part of the process.

Spotlighting Hand in Hand

Brenna Ramos and Katelyn Hall with Hand in Hand join us to let us know the great work their organization is doing in Snohomish County. Hand in Hand’s Safe Place is a 72-hour shelter for kids potentially entering foster care. Not only do they provide the children with backpacks and toothbrushes, but clothing and a blanket. Once the kids are settled in at Safe Place, the volunteers play games with them and help them feel loved and cared for. Besides the Safe Place shelter, Hand in Hand’s Outreach Program is very involved in their community. Throughout the year, their Outreach team provides support and community engagement opportunities for children and families. They are also preparing for their virtual fundraiser coming up in October.

Spotlighting Evergreen Treatment Services

Spotlight With Laurie Hardie – August 9, 2020 6 a.m. 26 minutes. Steve Woolworth Chief Executive Officer at Evergreen Treatment Services talks about their work with people addicted to opioids. Treating each individual with dignity. He also talks about harm reduction and the part ETS plays in helping the community. Hear all about thier Reach program partnering with Law Enforcement.To donate or register for their fundraiser go to https://www.evergreentx.org/

Spotlighting The Recovery Cafe

David Coffey talks about the Recovery Cafe and how they serve people who want to get off drugs. He talks about extreme hospitality and recovery groups, small loving accountability circles. Covid-19 has caused their operation to run differently but they are working hard to continue their support to recovering addicts. https://recoverycafe.org/

Spotlighting Becoming a Citizen with Luciana and Pedro Bartes

Luciana and Pedro Bartes, who have just become American citizens. Pedro and Luciana have worked in Seattle radio for 20 years. This is their journey of becoming citizens. Right when Covid 19 Pandemic happened causing them to wait three more months. They are so excited for the opportunity to vote.