The participants of Project Anchor are off to a great start. A new set of participants began the program in September of 2013. They are making so much progress. Our facilitators have seen such a growth within each participant. They have begune to tell their stories and process through difficult emotions using our many art expression techniques.
This session, we added a piece to the program for parents. Once a month, parents meet with their own counselor to discuss their observations of their childs progress.
Additionally, we have added a pre test that was given to each client before the begining of the program. Each participant will take the test again at the end of the program. This will give us evidence based information on how the program is progressing.
The funds collected from Global Giving are used to purchase supplies for the art projects and pay for services. Most of our participants in the program come from low-income families that do not have the means to provide these necessary and healing services for their child. Your doantions make that possible.
As we move into the Christmas season, we will provide each Anchor participant with Christmas gifts. For most of them, it will be the only gifts they will receive this year. Your generosity is what makes this program possible and we are so grateful for your support.
We begin this Project Report with good news! We have successfully secured additional funding of $25,000.00 to support Project Anchor for the next two years! Thank you to Geminus and Circle Around Families for your support of our project and your commitment to our community.
Our first group will come to and end the first week of September, 2013. Our participants have done a spectacular job in participating in their recovery. One of our participants said, "I wish every day was Project Anchor day." We are already registering new participants for our next 32 week session which will begin the second week of September, 2013.
We thank you for your support and commitment to Project Anchor. Without your support, many of our participants would be unable to receive the much needed support and help.
Thank you to all those who have contributed to the success of our program: Project Anchor! Your contributions have made a difference in the lives of adolescent victims of trauma.
Our participants have successfully complete the 12 weeks of SESSION 1 where they worked on issues such as: Anger, Secrets, Inner child, Oppression and Needs. We finished off SESSION 1 with a burning ceremony. This allows participants to write out any last "icky" details and throw them into the fire! This exercise is quite powerful and healing for all involved.
Participants will spend the next 10-12 weeks working on issues such as: Openness, Willingness, Negative Self Talk, Emotional Reasoning, Should Statements and Codependency. This week, participants will spend time looking at their own behaviors and seeking to identifying repeating patterns. We have incorporated the following poem into this stage of the program; we thought you would enjoy it.
"Autobiography in Five Short Chapters" by Portia Nelson
I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in
I am lost...I am helpless. It isn't my fault. It takes forever to find a way out.
I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend I don't see it. I fall in again.
I can't believe I am in the same place. But, it isn't my fault. It still takes a long time to get out.
I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I see it is there. I still fall in. It's a habit.
My eyes are open. I know where I am. It is my fault. I get out immediately.
I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it.
I walk down another street.
The official launch of Project Anchor was January 16. 2013! We are off to a great start. The first 12 weeks of sessions focus on the victimization of violence in ones life and validates both their feelings and their experiences. This gives the participant time to process the trauma in a safe and supportive environment.
The staff of Fair Haven Center for Women is deeply committed to the success of this program. It is our desire to empower and equip young adolescent victims of violence with tools that will help them both heal their past and succeed in the present!
So far, our program has addressed: Victimization, Labeling Abuse, and Loss. During the group; participants have used art mediums to process thoughts and deep feelings. Participants have created a collage, created a tree (on paper and labeling roots and leaves), journaling assignment which are placed in their own scrapbook which participants will take with them upon completation of the program.
This weeks lesson is on Innocence. This weeks activity will consist of cloth shoes. Participants will be given a pair of white shoes and will be asked to decorate the left shoe to show the pain that was left in ones life after their innocence was robbed by abuse. (We will use the right shoe in another activity later in the program.)
As our participants allow, we will be posting pictures of the art projects.
One final note: Fair Haven Center for Women had the opportunity to participate in the soon to be released documentary: Shadows of Innocence. One of our Project Anchor participants participated in the taping, along with staff and adult clients from our Adult Services Program. It is due to be aired on February 28. 2013 on public telvision. You can view the trailer on youtube.
Thank you to all who have supported Project Anchor and who continue to support our efforts. It is only because of your generosity and support that we are able to offer these services to those so desperately in need.
As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, we at Fair Haven Center for Women are so thankful for all our donors here on global giving! Through the generosity of so many, our program has become a reality!
We are still working on capacity building for the program. We have a volunteer student who is studing art therapy join with us on the project. Her collaboration, direction and suggestions will be very useful for the success and growth of both our program and our clients.
One of most successful art projects is our "Mask Project" and is on Exhibition with South Shore arts from now until April 2013. Some pics of our most recent mask project are attached to this report.
In addition, our client intakes have begun and we have our first client signed up for the program! We will be starting with a couple of "gettting to know each other" sessions in December and the project goes into full swing starting January 2013.
We are finding that the families who are so desperately in need of these services are also so desperately in need of supporting funds. Through the generousity of many, we are able to bless them with that support.
Remember us during the Christmas season. Together, we make a difference!
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