Category Archives: Inspiration

Promises: Easily Made & Easily Broken

because I said I would.

because I said I would.

Promises: Easily made and easily broken, right?  People suck at keeping promises. Many of our promises are left broken. New Year’s Resolutions are only kept by 8% of people. Only 40-50% of people stay married. Politicians don’t stay true to their word, so why should we? Why are we so bad at keeping these and other promises?

Alex Sheen, founder of because I said I would, a social movement and non-profit dedicated to the betterment of humanity through promises made and kept and an inspiration for Forest City’s CARE Contest, dives into this very question head first at his recent TED Talk.

Why? Why don’t we keep our promises? Is it the amount of information we take in each day? Is it our memory? Are we just reimagining or forgetting the things we commit to one another? Are Hollywood endings giving us unreasonable expectations? Do we actually understand exactly what a promise is?

So how do we make a point of keeping these promises? How do we not break the heart of someone we love? Share your promise. Plan on how to keep a promise to your family, to your friends or your co-workers and actually KEEP it. Watch Sheen’s talk and see how he thinks promises can be made and kept. We owe it to each other. We owe it to ourselves.

“Sometimes we don’t need a miracle. Sometimes we just need people to do what they said they were going to do in the first place; to be there for your friends and your family. To fight for a cause through thick and thin. The promises that we make – make this world.” – Alex Sheen

Furry Friends Spread Kindness at The Lofts at 1835 Arch

The Lofts at 1835 Arch showcase their love for furry friends by donating to pet therapy.

The Lofts at 1835 Arch showcase their love for furry friends by donating to pet therapy.

The Lofts at 1835 Arch had a howling good time preparing their CARE Contest entry, with many fun and exciting events benefitting St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children’s Pet Therapy Program.

A therapy dog is a dog trained to provide affection and comfort to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with learning difficulties.

The Lofts Team proudly raised funds for this special program through raffle drawings and carrot cake sales. Residents had a chance to win a rent concession, gift certificates and two tickets to the Academy of Natural Science Exhibit.

Therapy dogs come in all sizes and breeds. The most important characteristic of a therapy dog is its temperament. A good therapy dog must be friendly, patient, confident, gentle, and at ease in all situations. Therapy dogs must enjoy human contact and be content to be petted and handled, sometimes clumsily.

A therapy dog’s primary job is to allow unfamiliar people to make physical contact with it and to enjoy that contact. In hospice environments, therapy dogs can play a role in palliative care by reducing death anxiety.

With the help of Forest City Residential’s Marketing Team, beautiful flyers made their way to all of 1835 Arch’s residents. The team at 1835 Arch got social by posting to a variety of social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children

was kind enough to print their efforts in their company-wide newsletter, spreading kindness to the patrons of the hospital.

The team at 1835 Arch also promoted their event by creating a large tri-fold poster board showcasing the therapy dogs snuggling, loving and giving lots of affection to young children suffering with disease.  Those pictures tell the story and truly portrayed the gift that our four-legged friends can give during a time of pain and turmoil.

Every resident who walked by our picture board depicting such young children in need and saw them snuggling with their furry friends prompted an instant donation, prior to the actual event!

Residents were so touched and heart felt by this foundation that their willingness to donate was effortless!