Although, it took some time for this cohort of group members to become acclimated to the group setting, and to Fair Haven Center for Women, they are beginning to share openly about their experiences. They are continuously showing less intimidation of being judged by their peers. They willingly encourage each other and continue to use their voice to ask for what they need in their recovery journey.
We have concluded our first session of Anchor and celebrated at our Christmas party, which was a HUGE success! Our participants were royally blessed by the expression of generosity acquired through monetary donations and involvement from a special church in our community.
In our second session, we are continuing to encourage and empower our group members to honor their emotions. However, we are also teaching them to recognize and redirect their cognitive distortions. We have implemented more play therapy into this particular session, in hopes of livening up the information that we will be relaying to the participants.
Financial Needs/Wants for the Program
We are honored to have the opportunity to work with these special young women, and to watch them break free from the bondage of their past. We are excited to see all of the growth and positive changes that our participants have made and are blessed to witness them beginning to believe that they have self-worth, and that there is still hope for them to have a bright future.
On behalf of the staff and participants of the program, we thank you for your support of Project Anchor.
We have worked hard to register participants for the 2014 Fall Session of Project Anchor. We have made some modifications to the program. Adding some new art projects and condensing some of the tools participants will take away from the program. This Session will help participants find their voice, Recognize Abuse, Loss and Damage and validate emotions of Anger and Abandonment.
We would like to thank all the support from our donors. It is only through your generous contributions and support that has made this project strong. As the Holidays quickly approach, we are currently seeking donations for Christmas gifts for our participants.
*Gift Cards of any kind
*Movie Theater gift card
*Restaurant gift card
If you would like to provide any item on this wish list (or add your own) please donate throught Globalgiving and write in the notes section how you would like your donation to be use.
Again, thank you for helping us help others!
Dear Supporters of Project Anchor,
Fair Haven Center for Women would like to thank you for your continued support of this project. Your contributions have helped impact the lives of adolescent victims of violence for their lifetime.
According to our pre and post test, we know our program is working! Participants of Project Anchor have been empowered with tools that will help them make better overall life choices, increase self value and improve cognitive thinking. Additionally, their participation has allowed them the space and place to share their story, find their voice and work through the pain that can hold a victim of trauma hostage for a lifetime if not validated and processed.
Each cohort of Project Anchor ends in a "Celebration." It's called a celebration instead of a graduation because recovery isn't something we "graduate" from. This is a life-long process of health and wellness of mind, body and spirit! For our Celebration, we offered an essay contest. We asked the participants to write an essay answering the quesiton: How has Project Anchor impacted/changed my life? A top essay writer would receive a $250.00 scholarship to atthend a higher learning establishment of their choices. The essays were just AMAZING!
Here are just a few excerpts:
"Fair Haven Center for Women was a trustworthy place for me to discuss my biggest fears, my feelings and build trust with myself and others. I am really thankful to have had this opportunity to be in the Anchor Program."
"The fact that Project Anchor was so hands on really helped me open up more. I let out my anger, sadness, hurt and everything else I was feeling in a safe way. While I was there, not only did I learn a safe way to let out my emotions but I also learned how to let myself feel."
It was so difficult to select one winner! So, we chose two! Congratulations to them and we wish all of our program participants continued sucess as they move forward in their goals.
Fair Haven Center for Women has Open Enrollment for the Fall 2014 Session of Project Anchor. We use the all funds received from Global Giving to support this project. We purchase art supplies, paints, masks and shoes that are decorated by participants. We purchase a scrap books for each participants which requires paper, stickers, glue, tape, photo paper and ink as we photograph all art projects so they can documnent their pieces in their scrapbook.
Again, thank you for your continue support! Your contribuations are making a difference and changing lives.
We are happy to report on Thursday, May 8, 2014 we had 4 Project Anchor program participants complete their full 32 week cohort! This is an enormous accomplishment for adolescents to WILLINGLY attend weekly meetings and continue to participate clear through the end! Join us in congratulating them and celebrating in their success!
To inspire our participants to continue along the path of education and personal growth, we conculde the cohort with an essay contest. Participants are to answer the question: How has Project Anchor helped you and your recovery?" Here are a few excerpts from the current participants:
"After I finally got out of my abusive situation I had so many feelings and I was so confused I shut myself out of the world and out of my own mind. I became abusive to myself....I didn't know how to function in every day life and I didn't trust anyone. I ended up comint to the anchor program. I decided it is better to talk about it instead of running away. I never thought it would be this hard because nothing comes easy it's up to me to work towards haveing a healthy life. The group topics at time were hard and sent me home feeling upset, but I realized that it's better to be upset for a couple hours instead of not get the help and continue being fearful and not trust anyone and blame myselff for the rest of my life. I am really thankful to have had this opportunity to be in the Anchor program. So, I want to say THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who helped me through this." Eassy winner #1
"Project Anchor was my first willing step into my recovery journey it was the first thing I decided to do on my own, and because it was my own choice I put as much effort as I possibly could into it. At first I was very apprehensive...The fact that Project Anchor was so hands on really help me open up more and it eventually became the only place I felt safe. I let out my anger, sadness, hurt and everything else I was feeling in a safe way. Before Project Anchor, I felt alone and trusted no one. I felt disconnected from not only the world but also from myself. Project Anchor taught me how to express my emotions in a safe and positive way." Eassy winner #2
Each essay winner was awarded a $250 scholarship to any continuing education course of their choice! It is our hope and desire to support them as they continue to grow and thrive!
Project Anchor is now open for new enrollment! Our next cohort will begin August 2014.
Thank you for your continued support of this import work!
Thank you to all who continue to support Fair Haven Center for Women's Project Anchor. Our program has been a huge success! We would not be where we are today without the continued support of donors from Global Giving!
Project Anchor is such a need! Recently the CDC rated Indiana #2 in the Nation for the highest rate of adolescent sexual assault in the Country. (Attached are a few pics of the stats) We can change our statistics if we change our tactics! Thank you for joining with us as we work to eradicate sexual violence from our community!
Project Anchor has started session two and we are working with adolescent clients to recognize and challenge their thought patterns. Tough for any teenager no doubt. However, if they can master even a few of these recovery tools, their lives can experience radical change.
We have added fun games to strengthen their congnitive development. We also have our participants working with Luminosity! This is a fun and interactive way to:
Your donations have allowed us to supply each client with their own subscription to Luminosity. This investment will increase the more they interact with the program.
Your donations have also allowed us to increase our space! We now have a large group area! With all the games and art projects, the space is very needed!
Again, thank you for your continued support of our project. We are grateful for your investment in the success of our young clients.
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