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Getting to know Humanity in Progress


January 20, 2022

Photo courtesy of Katie Holmlund

Kinder Skog provides a drop off location for Humanity in Progress (HIP) donations at the Good Beginnings Preschool. As part of a new program called HiP Kids, the Kinder Skog participants, or "skoggies," get involved as volunteers helping assemble the food bags which HIP distributes in Petersburg to those experiencing housing insecurity or other forms of need.

Having tough conversations at work is part of what Ashley Kawashima signed up for when she became a behavioral health clinician at the local hospital. But some of the hardest days come when she has to be honest with a person, looking to her for assistance, about the limited number of resources available. Just imagine, someone seeking shelter and all Kawashima can offer them is a tarp or tent.

"That can be very soul-crushing," she says. "And that was a big part of why we wanted to start Humanity in Progress."

In early 2020, the time was right, and the motivation was there for Kawashima and...

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