In this issue, we highlight a unique shelter project, the opening of a new shelter and a successful training, as well as TCFV and national updates and resources related to Disability Awareness Month.
The Salvation Army Family Violence Program, Dallas
Research shows that gardening can be calming and even therapeutic. In this spirit, the Salvation Army Family Violence Project in Dallas has created a community garden. They started with a preliminary flower and herb garden that goes around the perimeter of the shelter’s backyard. It is a partnership with the Master Gardeners, a group of professionals with the Dallas County Extension Program. The group volunteered their time to design and implement the garden. After raising money for the supplies and getting plants and flowers donated, the program had a day of planting which involved staff, clients and volunteers. Now that the garden has been established, the goal is to get clients involved in the maintenance and upkeep. The idea is that spending time outside will lead survivors to a more positive place and working in the garden may help them find purpose. Future goals for the garden include adding vegetable plots, bringing in the Master Gardeners to discuss nutrition and getting children involved.
The Salvation Army Family Violence Project is a TCFV Category III member. For more information, click here.
Noah Project, Abilene
Noah Project in Abilene celebrated the grand opening of their new 18,000-square-foot facility on June 18, 2012. The 96-person capacity of the new shelter more than doubles that of the old facility, which could accommodate 40 people. The new facility allows for more privacy and relaxation for the residents with bedrooms that have private bathrooms and walk-in closets, a teen room, an outdoor meditation area and a garden where residents can grow their own food. It also has two computer labs, one a tutoring lab for children and the other a lab for adults to work on job applications and receive online education. The new facility is much more secure with a 9-foot fence surrounding the entire property and a video surveillance system.
Noah Project is a TCFV Category I member. For more information, click here.
Family Support Services, Amarillo
Family Support Services, the Amarillo Police Department and TCFV hosted a Criminal Justice System Response Training on May 3, 2012 in Amarillo. The training offered 6 CEU and 6 CJAD units.
Approximately 116 people from law enforcement, Child Protective Services, area domestic violence providers and the faith community attended the training. The training topics were Teens and Dating Violence, Family Violence in Immigrant Communities and Immigration Law, and Children and Family Violence. The presenters, hosted by TCFV, provided important information on Texas laws regarding victims of domestic violence, while also addressing the value of coordinated responses from service providers and assisting agencies.
Family Support Services is a TCFV Category I Member. For more information, click here. (www.fss-ama.org/)
June 23, 2012 marked the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the landmark legislation that changed the playing field for girls across the nation. Title IX opened up a world of new opportunities ranging from athletic participation to access to education in science, technology, engineering and math. In the years since the enactment of Title IX, athletic participation has increased over 1000%, creating more confident, empowered and inspiring women to fuel the innovation and advancement of America.
Check out a fantastic video, [ http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2012/06/20/title-ix-40 ] “Title IX at 40,” including the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, former Senator and chief Senate sponsor of the original Title IX legislation, Birch Bayh, and others.
In addition, visit the photo gallery [ http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/06/20/title-ix-action ] of female leaders who have shared a favorite picture that expresses how getting a chance to compete has helped them reach their own dreams.
1 is 2 Many
View a new Public Service Announcement (PSA) about dating violence and learn more about Vice President Biden’s 1 is 2 Many campaign. Due to the fact that young women today ages 16 to 24 experience the highest rates of violence at the hands of someone they know, the PSA’s target audience is men of this same age group. The PSA, which was produced by the White House, features professional athletes and other male role models who deliver the message that dating violence is unacceptable.
Watch the PSA
Get more information on dating violence and the Administration’s effort to combat it*.
Read the latest blog post on the 1 is 2 Many website about the PSA.
Nature Explore Classroom 2012 Grant Search
The Mary Kay Foundation and Mary Kay Inc. have partnered with The Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation to bring a unique tool to women’s shelters – Nature Explore Classrooms.
Nature Explore Classrooms are outdoor learning spaces designed to include nature in the daily lives and learning of children. Research shows that nature can help soften the impact of life stress on children and help them deal with adversity. It also helps reduce or eliminate anti-social behavior which can occur in children who have experienced or witnessed abuse.
Nature Explore Classrooms are traditionally constructed in areas such as schools, parks and child care centers. However, children who are currently residing at a domestic violence shelter with their mothers rarely have access to these locations because of the precarious nature of protecting a mother and a child from a potential abuser. Along with the outdoor area, each Nature Explore Classroom includes a curriculum with details on how to fully maximize the educational opportunities and healing effects of the outdoor environment.
Mary Kay Inc. and The Mary Kay FoundationSM have funded 13 Nature Explore Classrooms since 2009. Women’s shelters in Texas, Georgia, California, Illinois, New Jersey, Colorado and Massachusetts have received this wonderful gift from Mary Kay. The Nature Explore Classroom is funded entirely by Mary Kay Inc. and The Mary Kay FoundationSM and is an investment totaling more than $50,000.
If you serve women and children and are interested in being considered for a Nature Explore Classroom, please complete the application here (https://marykay.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_89bss0n3mDdSvWI)and send 2-3 photos of the proposed site for the Nature Explore Classroom to email@example.com. Please make sure the subject line reads “Nature Explore Classroom – [shelter name] Photos.” Photos are required for your application to be to considered.
Applicants who are being considered will be contacted by Mary Kay for a potential site visit. After the site visits, finalists are selected and informed via phone. Mary Kay will then connect the recipients to The Arbor Day Foundation to begin the planning phase of creating your customized Nature Explore Classroom.
To learn more about Mary Kay’s commitment to domestic violence prevention and awareness, visit http://www.marykay.com/company/socialresponsibility/default.aspx.