Project Anchor originally began with the intention to work with adolescent female childhood survivors of trauma and violence. However, as the demand continues to rise for a program like Project Anchor, we have come to the realization that there are additional issues of the young adolescent females in our community that need to be addressed. As a result of this discovery, we have expanded our program even more and have begun working with recent young victims of rape and sexual assault.
What This Means
The dynamics of working with a group of recent victims versus a group of childhood survivors has been a bit different. As a result, we have modified our program curriculum some more in order to effectively meet the needs of all of our participants. Ultimately, we anticipate in the near future that we will be creating “Tiers” of the Anchor group program: one tier of curriculum focused on childhood survivors and the other tier centered on helping recent rape and sexual assault victims.
The feature of the Anchor program designated toward helping individual clients continues to move ahead. We have had a consistent client base and have recently added a few more clients during the past few months. As we venture onward with this special population we continuously research for creative modalities and interventions to help our clients. Thus, we have added additional items to our wish list once again.
Project Anchor Wish List
As always we want to thank you, on behalf of the staff and participants of Project Anchor, for your generous support of our program and our mission to help the hurting youth in our community.
We completed our 2014-2015 cohort of our Project Anchor program at the beginning of March. We had a wonderful time at our special celebration ceremony dinner with the ladies. We even had a few of our group participants courageously share (in a room filled with their loved ones) about their feelings and experience in the program. We are so proud of all of these young ladies and we enjoyed working with each and every one of them. We offered the opportunity to all of the young ladies to return for additional support at any time. While, some of them have moved on, others have accepted our offer and have continued receiving individual services.
We are now gearing up to begin our 2015-2016 cohort of our Project Anchor program. We are hoping to begin this session in the next month. We have already received client referrals for this program and are just working on enrolling enough participants to meet group capacity requirements. We are looking forward to meeting our newest group of participants really soon. We are also excited to announce that we have another new staff member who has joined Team Anchor who will be co-facilitating throughout this cohort.
Since our last report, we were blessed to receive some of the items from our wish list. One of the biggest surprises we received was an anonymous donation to be able to purchase the additional space we needed! This new space has provided many opportunities to be able to work with our clients more effectively. Additionally, we were also gifted a large sand box and more sand toys for our Anchor clients to utilize in their individual sessions.
There are a few items on our wish list that we are still in need of and a few more :
On behalf of the staff and participants of the program, we thank you for your continued support of Project Anchor.
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.
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