The women writing this blog got their beginning in February 2020. This group had been meeting weekly at the Edward A. Myerberg Center in Baltimore. However, now we meet twice weekly on Zoom. The Myerberg Center is a part of CHAI (Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc.) and the Associated Jewish Federation of Baltimore.
This blog was made possible by a generous grant from the Jewish Women’s Giving Foundation. We are eternally grateful to them for this opportunity.
From Our Beginning
Women are the storytellers of the family. From our beginning, the idea behind the blog was to create a group of women who will share their stories to women all over the world.
While they create the interesting and engaging content of this blog, they are also learning about technology which is continuously changing. Students are gaining insights about writing for a blog versus other types of media.
This process can be quite frustrating to people who are more adept at using a pen and paper or basic word processing to tell their stories. Learning their way around smart phones, tablets, laptops, the internet, the cloud, social media and WordPress is a process with stumbling blocks. Unexpected speed bumps can slow them down, but the determination of the group keeps them moving in the right direction.
Another goal of the grant is to help with social isolation in the over 55 female demographic. The women of the group instantly began bonding even before the first class. During our Open House a few women expressed how they felt alone. Other members of the group showed empathy and in at least one case, traded phone numbers to keep in touch.
More evidence of the caring of these women is in how they treat each other in the classroom. The more technologically savvy students are eager to assist the more challenged – exactly what the grant givers had in mind.
Our First Year Goals
As we move forward with this blog, we hope to entertain, amaze and engage with our audience. The stories will be in many categories from autobiographic writing to fiction to poetry.
In addition, if you are in the Baltimore, MD area and would like to become part of this group, please visit our contact page to get in touch with us.
The Stores of the Soul bloggers are grateful for the opportunity and hope you will enjoy the blog.