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Summit Daily News excerpt by Jefferson Geiger. jgeiger@summitdaily.com
Photo by Liam Doran / Liam Doran Photography
Jared Dennis is pictured at CrossFit Low Oxygen, a gym he owns in Frisco. Building Hope Summit County has partnered with the gym to provide a free workout class to help people in recovery.

The feeling of isolation has been exacerbated due to the coronavirus pandemic, so Building Hope Summit County wants to help anyone in need.

The local nonprofit provides virtual support groups that the public can attend free of charge with topics ranging from male mindfulness to expecting moms.

Funded mainly through Summit County 1A Strong Futures money, the groups might have a set curriculum or be more simple, guided discussions led by a therapist who makes sure it’s a safe space for everyone.

The group for new moms is held in conjunction with Summit County’s department of human services and Jane Thatcher Hahn of Grit Therapy. One week might be focused on tangible tips and tools from the county’s Women, Infants & Children nutrition program while the following week might have Hahn discussing mental health.

The new moms group was so popular and successful, now that the kids of the initial group are older, Building Hope has expanded into offering support for parents of toddlers, school-aged children, tweens and teenagers.


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