Fair Haven Center for Women, Inc.

Fair Haven Center for Women, Inc was founded by survivors for survivors and exists to provide a safe recovery recovery program for hurting women who have experienced sexual abuse and violence. Our vision is to create a caring, safe, nurturing community with a zero tolerance of abuse of women. Fair Haven Center for Women is supported through grants, individual donations, fundraising events and local community organizations and businesses.
Jan 11, 2017

A Fresh Start

New Advocate: Vanelly Concepcion
New Advocate: Vanelly Concepcion

Updates

Anchor Group

We have been meeting with our Anchor cohort since October. Our girls are adjusting to the new group format and are grateful that we added “snack time” and additional incentives to the program. We were also fortunate to be able to celebrate the holiday season with a group party and we had gifts for each of the girls. The group members are learning to focus on using adaptive versus maladaptive coping skills, about the importance of self-care, and continue to build their support systems.

Individual Sessions

We are happy to report that Fair Haven Center for Women has hired a new staff member who will be working with Project Anchor. As a result of the employment of our newest advocate, we will be able to offer more individualized services. Furthermore, having another team member will also allow the opportunity to facilitate an additional Anchor group if necessary.

Navigate Trainings

Fair Haven continues to successfully present Navigate trainings at our local community high schools. We have recently added an additional piece to this program, which is focused on parent/caregiver education about rape culture and prevention. We have also been approached about doing our trainings in local middle and junior high schools and foresee the likelihood that we could be visiting these schools sometime in the near future.

Needs

Fair Haven would still benefit from more funding to be able to purchase additional space to be able to run our programs and groups more effectively. A lack of transportation can also tend to be a hindrance to program enrollment and participation.

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.

Remains of Pinata Activity
Remains of Pinata Activity
Gifts for Girls
Gifts for Girls
Dec 21, 2016

Working Hard and Enjoying the Love

Aspen supporting our Giving Hope Campaign
Aspen supporting our Giving Hope Campaign

Hello everyone and wishing you a very Merry Christmas this Holiday Season!  As we wrap up 2016 and plan for an even brighter 2017, we would like to say a heart felt thank you for your continued support of Aspen.  She is so much more than a project!  She is an investment in those affected by sexual assault. 

At the office, Aspen will average up to 5 clients a week. Upon arrival, she knows exactly where she is and what to do.  She has become so acclimated with her schedule, she will anticipating certain client "arrival." She will sit by the window in the office and watch for the client's car to pull up into the parking lot.  Once she sees them, she goes directly to the door and waits for the bell to jingle.  Her furry, adoring face is truely the first thing the clients see and they are just so over joyed to spend time with her.  I always tell them; "you are one of her favorites."

Aspen is performing many of her supportive techniques without commands with clients that are familiar.  She knows who needs a lean and who sits and wants her in the home position for nurture time.  As her owner and handler, I know I can be a bit biased but she continues to surprise me everday!

Aspen is signed up for some continued education.  Her class series starts on January 3, 2017 and runs for 6 weeks.  We will just continue to sharpen her skills and work on some basic manners.  Aspen is not 2 years old yet and won't be until February 26, 2017.  So, she is still a puppy and can act like one from time to time.  :)

Program development: we are pulling together an advisory committee to aid us in the material development stage of "Paws Off" our origianl anti-violence campaign. We will spend the first quarter of 2017 recruiting and developing the advisory team before moving into the next stage of development.  I will keep posting regular reports on our progress as we continue to work towards this goal.

Lastly, Aspen has a few new co-workers!  Fair Haven welcomes Rebecca Emerson, LaToya Griffith, Emily ImRich and Nyohmi Buzo to our Crisis Intervention department.  As you can see in the attached photo, they all really enjoy working with Aspen!

Thank you again for your support.  This project receives no other funding but through Global Giving.  Each and every donation goes directly into growing our efforts in proviing Animal Assisted Therapy services to victims of sexual assualt.

Wishing everyone a very Happy 2017!

Aspen with Crisis Intervention Team
Aspen with Crisis Intervention Team

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Oct 26, 2016

Anchor Moves in a New Direction

Chains of Emotion
Chains of Emotion

Updates

Anchor Group

We are excited to announce that we now have an active Anchor cohort. This cohort began a week ago and we are looking forward to getting to know these courageous young women. The format of this Anchor cohort is different than previous cohorts. We are now keeping the group open versus having it closed. We have changed the group format in hopes that we will meet the needs of our clients more effectively.

In reference to our other opportunity…nothing has materialized thus far. However, we are having faith that things will fall into place the beginning of next year. Stay tuned to find out more details.

Individual Sessions

Unfortunately, with the increasing influx of demand for services for this age group (whom all attend school) we have almost reached capacity regarding counselor/scheduling availability.Thus, we have created the aforementioned Anchor group with the intent of still meeting the needs of adolescents but in larger numbers versus on an individualized basis. We are still offering individual services but they are determined case by case.

Navigate EducationTrainings

Since the last report, Fair Haven has done several more Navigate trainings in local community high schools. Likewise, we continue to receive requests to do more and have even been asked to return to one school for a follow up discussion with students.

Needs

We still need the funds to be able to hire additional staff members to add to the Anchor team. Fair Haven would also benefit from more funding to be able to purchase extra space to be able to run our programs and groups more effectively.

We are still accepting used women’s magazines to utilize for our collaging and other art activities.

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.

 
   

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