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On May 10, 2018, Stinker Stores presented over $137,000 to six Idaho domestic violence service providers, Advocates Against Family Violence, Family Services Alliance, Rose Advocates, The Advocates, Women’s and Children’s Alliance, and the YWCA – Lewiston.   They are the recipients of the 2018 Piece of Hope Fundraising and Awareness Campaign to benefit children impacted by the trauma of domestic and sexual violence.

The “Piece of Hope” fundraising and awareness campaign took place April 9 to May 6, 2018, at all Stinker locations throughout Idaho.  During the campaign, customers at all Stinker locations donated funds and learned about organizations in or near their communities with programming that benefits children who have been impacted by domestic violence and/or sexual abuse.

The generosity of the Stinker customers exceeded expectations and surpassed the campaign fundraising goal by 30%. The $137,000 will be used to fund services and programs throughout the state that specifically focus on the children who are being exposed to violence in their homes or are being subjected to abuse themselves.

Thank you Stinker Stores!

CALDWELL, IDAHO – Advocates Against Family Violence has been given a donation of more than $15,0000 through Team Subaru of Nampa’s Share the Love event. This is the 5th year that Team Subaru has generously chosen to support our organization.

Over the last several years, we have had the opportunity to partner with Advocates Against Family Violence. During last year’s Share the Love Event, we were able to donate more than $10,000 to AAFV in an effort to help them continue their incredible work in our community.

We are excited to continue our relationship with this organization and we are happy to announce that we will be working with them again this year! 

Share the Love is a partnership between Team Subaru of Nampa and the Subaru Corporation which allows retailers to choose a hometown charity to support. A donation of $250 was given to Team’s selected charity for every Subaru sold or leased between Nov. 17, 2016, through Jan. 3, 2017. For this year, as well as the past several years, Team Subaru has chosen Advocates Against Family Violence as their chosen beneficiary for this event.

On Friday, 3-31, AAFV was presented with the check totaling $16,730 at Team Subaru’s dealership in Nampa.

Team Subaru of Nampa is proud to provide quality Subaru cars in the Treasure Valley. With models like the new Subaru Outback, Legacy, Impreza, Impreza WRX and Forester, they have something for every taste and every need. Come visit them at 6218 Cleveland Blvd Caldwell, ID 83607 to see their vehicles and take one for a test drive.

Success Stories

Judy

Before coming to Hope’s Door, I was abused by my son who had learned abuse from my many relationships, which were all abusive. I lost my home, my car was damaged, and I lost my job.

Since staying at Hope’s Door, I have had a safe place to come to. Classes like Self-Esteem, Boundaries & Safety Planning have helped to build myself up again and give me confidence. I have gotten my job back, got a car & and also have bought my own trailer. Every person’s experience is unique.

I feel the staff at Hope’s Door and Advocates Against Family Violence take the time to listen & respect women’s needs. They give us hope in making choices; the right ones in our lives. Hope’s Door and AAFV gave me the time I needed to start over.

44 NONPROFITS STATEWIDE RAISING FUNDS FOR IDAHO HOMELESS

Avenues for Hope Launches Today with 44 Nonprofits Statewide Raising Funds for Idaho Homeless

BOISE, Idaho – The sixth annual Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge launches today with 44 nonprofits from across the state raising funds to help continue and expand programs that care for the homeless and those in need of housing assistance. Organized by Idaho Housing and Finance Association and its foundation, the Home Partnership Foundation, the 24‐day campaign is designed to rally support for the 44 participating nonprofits who manage the day‐to‐day work of serving the more than 4,000 homeless in Idaho. The public is encouraged to donate $25 or more at www.avenuesforhope.org to help the homeless in their community. Donors can direct their gift to one or more of the 44 participating nonprofits. This year’s campaign goal is $400,000 to help combat homelessness and ensure essential housing resources are available across the state. Donations will be accepted until midnight December 31.

“The importance of providing affordable housing and services to displaced individuals and families is one of the core beliefs of our organization,” said Gerald M. Hunter, President of Idaho Housing. “We are excited to see nonprofit and sponsor participation in Avenues for Hope continue to increase each year. Through a united effort, we can ensure Idaho’s homeless receive the care and support they need.”

Both the chronically and temporarily homeless are helped by Avenues for Hope, including domestic violence victims, veterans, people with disabilities, vulnerable youth, seniors, and low‐income Idaho residents. Donations support emergency shelters, homelessness prevention services, and affordable housing programs throughout the state. In total, Avenues for Hope’s participating nonprofits have received nearly $1 million in the past five years.

The Home Partnership Foundation

The Home Partnership Foundation along with Idaho Housing and 27 other businesses sponsoring the campaign are contributing up to $200,000 this year in matching funds and challenge grant prizes to be awarded to participating nonprofits. Campaign sponsors include Academy Mortgage, Bank of Commerce, Bank of Idaho, Bank of the Cascades, Barclays, Boise Housing Corporation, Citizens Community Bank, Eide Bailly, Evergreen Home Loans, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, First Mortgage Company, George K. Baum & Company, Guild Mortgage Company, Idaho Independent Bank, KeyBank, Mountain West Bank, New Beginnings Housing, Northwest Integrity Housing, P1FCU,  The Pacific Companies, Skinner Fawcett LLP, Stifel, Thomas Development Co., Wells Fargo, and Zions Bank Corporate Trust.

Campaign dates: December 8 at 8 a.m. through 12 midnight on December 31, 2016

Donations accepted: http://www.avenuesforhope.org

Campaign video: https://youtu.be/dcJV5amI1js

Social media hashtag: #IdahoHomeless

Campaign logos/graphics available for download: https://avenuesforhope.org/#npo‐resources

Results announced: Early January 2017

44 Nonprofit Organizations participating in the Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge

North Idaho  
Affordable Housing Foundation, Inc.Family Promise of the PalouseSojourners' Alliance
Bonner County Homeless Task ForceLewiston-Clarkston Partners Habitat for HumanitySt Vincent de Paul North Idaho
Family Promise of Lewis Clark ValleyMoscow Affordable Housing Trust, Inc.The Women's Center, Inc.
Family Promise of North IdahoThe Salvation ArmyUnion Gospel Mission Association of Spokane
North Idaho  
Aid For Friends, Inc.Idaho Falls Rescue MissionPocatello Habitat for Humanity
Blaine County Housing AuthorityLemhi County Crisis Intervention / The Mahoney HouseSouth Central Community Action Partnership
CLUB, Inc.Mini-Cassia ShelterSoutheastern Idaho Community Action Agency
Family Services AllianceNeighborWorks PocatelloVolunteers Against Violence
Southwest Idaho  
Advocates Against Family ViolenceFirst StoryThe Jesse Tree of Idaho
Boise Housing FirstGood Samaritan HomeNeighborWorks Boise
Boise Valley Habitat for HumanityHome Partnership FoundationThe Salvation Army
CATCH, Inc.Hope House, Inc.Shepherd's Home, Inc.
The Community BuilderIdaho Youth Ranch, Inc.Society of St. Vincent de Paul of SW Idaho
Concordia UniversityInterfaith Sanctuary ShelterWomen's & Children's Alliance
Corpus Christi House, Inc.International Rescue Committee

About Home Partnership Foundation

The Home Partnership Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) organization created by Idaho Housing and Finance Association 11 years ago with a mission to help people build a strong foundation for their lives through stable, safe, and affordable housing.

The foundation strengthens communities across Idaho by encouraging tax‐deductible charitable gifts to support shelters and shelter services for the homeless and disadvantaged, help avoid eviction actions to stabilize households and prevent homelessness, encourage asset‐building and education to achieve economic independence, build equity‐sharing funds to make workforce housing attainable, and facilitate tax‐advantaged land donations for affordable housing purposes.

homepartnershipfoundation.org

About Idaho Housing and Finance Association Idaho Housing and Finance Association is a financial services and housing business organization. IHFA’s mission is to improve lives and strengthen Idaho communities by expanding housing opportunities, building self‐sufficiency, and fostering economic development.

idahohousing.com

Team Mazda Subaru Share the Love with AAFV

CALDWELL, IDAHO – Advocates Against Family Violence has been given a donation of more than $27,000 through Team Subaru of Nampa’s Share the Love event. This is the 6th year that Team Subaru has generously chosen to support our organization.

Share the Love is a partnership between Team Subaru of Nampa and the Subaru Corporation which allows retailers to choose a hometown charity to support. A donation of $250 was given to Team’s selected charity for every Subaru sold or leased between November, 2017, through January, 2018. For this year, as well as the past several years, Team Subaru has chosen Advocates Against Family Violence as their chosen beneficiary for this event.

On Friday, April 6th, AAFV was presented with the check totaling $27,129 at Team Mazda Subaru in Caldwell.

Team Mazda Subaru is proud to provide quality Subaru cars in the Treasure Valley. With models like the new Subaru Outback, Legacy, Impreza, Impreza WRX and Forester, they have something for every taste and every need. Come visit them at 6218 Cleveland Blvd Caldwell, ID 83607 to see their vehicles and take one for a test drive.

AAFV truly appreciates Team Mazda Subaru’s support and the Hope, Healing, and Strength this generous donation will provide to our guests.

Success Stories

Rachel

I wasn’t really given an option if I wanted my children back from the system. I needed my own housing. My case worker suggested that I call Hope’s Door and get on the waiting list. That’s what I did! When I came to actually live at Hope’s Door, I met with Jen and we did the paperwork together. We set goals for me to accomplish and my biggest goal was to get my babies home where they belong with Mom!

There were days filled with tears because things were moving too slow for my liking. I wanted my children and I wanted them NOW! Each day was a new beginning at Hope’s Door. On my own and completely alone, I am lucky I had a job (still do) to take up most of my day. The rest of the day, I hid in my room. Finally, my children started staying the night with me again. They wanted to go play, so outside we went and that’s when it hit. Out of my shell, I came.

Still working, going up against the State, I finally won my babies home. Now the real stress began. Four people, one room, a tight fit but it was OUR space. I filled out housing application after application and got on every waitlist I could. now I am packing and getting ready to leave Hope’s Door. A new adventure in life, but saddened at the same time. Over the seven months I have been here, I have developed friendships with each staff member. It’s like walking into your home. They greet you, encourage you, help you and listen to you.

Each and every staff member, past or present have taught me lessons in life. Kristen taught me open communication is key. Glenda taught me there is always good even when things are bad. Cindy taught me to believe and believe in myself. Elsa taught me that a little encouragement goes a long way. Pat taught me to not always be too serious and remember to laugh. Kaitlyn and Alina taught me it’s okay to vent and break down, even over mushrooms to take time and look at the beauty of life. Sofia taught me to color, sounds weird I know, but to color, every person everywhere has a different story. We are beautiful individually but put us together and we are awesome.

To each and everyone who has been a part of my life these past seven months, from hell to heaven and everything in between. I cannot say thank you enough! These life lessons will stay with me and my babies as I continue to grow as a woman, a mother, and a survivor. I could not have it without each and ever one of you! Thank you!

– Rachel

AAFV Receives Health Grant From St. Luke's

CALDWELL, IDAHO – Advocates Against Family Violence’s Hope Lane Learning Center has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the St. Luke’s Community Health Improvement Fund.

The Hope Lane Learning Center provides a safe, nurturing environment with fun, focused learning activities for all ages. HLLC currently uses Michelle Obama’s ‘Let’s Move!’ program as an integral part of their curriculum, and was the first to be Let’s Move! Certified in Canyon County.

The St. Luke’s Community Health Improvement Fund will provide opportunities for more focus on nutrition and exercise by incorporating SPARK and working with Dr. Aguilar, who will provide obesity/diabetes screenings as part of his annual physicals, which he graciously agreed to give to these children at no charge!

The combined impact of domestic violence, sexual assault and poverty in childhood has been proven to have a negative impact on lifelong health and opportunity, which means these kids need guidance even more than the average.

The first ‘Junior Color Run’ fundraiser will take place in late May or early June, 2017. The event will be in coordination with Caldwell’s Family Fun Day, working with Marisa Erickson, Coordinator of the Let’s Move! Caldwell program. The event will act as a motivator for the kids to ‘be physical.’ Additional staff training will take place over the summer and the program will be in full force at the start of school in fall, 2017.

Working with children 6 weeks to 12 years of age to establish knowledge and interest in healthy eating and physical activity will create life patterns that will reduce obesity and diabetes significantly in participants. Additionally, this program will have long term impact. Behavior learned at a young age stays with us throughout our lives. Often, even when it is abandoned due to extenuating circumstances, people return to their ‘roots’ and the things they learned early in life. We want to give kids a healthy foundation, starting at six weeks of age.

“AAFV provides a safe place, and because of that we help those served know their lives can be different. We can make a difference to each and every one of them by providing new and additional fitness, nutrition education and opportunities, and free health screenings.”, said Kim Deugan, Executive Director.

St. Luke’s CHIF grants are highly competitive with close to 120 non-profit applicants this year. Special consideration was given to proposals that target needs identified by St. Luke’s through its 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). The CHNA is a comprehensive analysis of Idaho’s most important health needs.

The CHNA top three priorities are:

  • Prevention, detection and treatment of obesity and diabetes.
  • Prevention, detection and management of mental illness and reduce suicide.
  • Improvement of access to affordable health care and affordable health insurance.

(More about your program and the impact it has on your community. You could also include a quote here from someone who is part of your program and grateful for the services you provide.)

For information, please visit aafvhope.org or call 208.459.6330.

Cassandra - Success Stories

Crystal

Success stories are from survivors that have used our programs and services. Read Crystal’s story below and learn how AAFV has started helping her during her time of need.

My name is Crystal, I moved into Hopes Door in April 2016. I was 9 months pregnant and getting out of an abusive situation. I had my baby girl one day after moving into the shelter. I had relapsed on Meth and started treatment before coming to Hope’s Door.  As soon as I moved in I met with a Service Specialist to start applying for housing for me and the baby. I filled out several applications and applied to the CATCH program.  After being here a few months I found out that I had a serious health issue and needed surgery. The staff at Hopes Door was very supportive and extended my passes so that I could stay with family to recover.

In October 2016, I received a call from CATCH that I was next on their waiting list. The staffs at Hope’s Door helped me collect all the paperwork needed and gave me a good reference. I was able to move into my apartment on December 20, 2016. It was the best Christmas present ever. I will forever be grateful to all of the staff at Hope’s Door.

 

Cassandra - Success Stories

Cassandra

One of the residents of Hope’s Door Shelter recently sent us a letter thanking us for our service and the help she received. Read Cassandra’s story and learn how Hope’s Door helped her get through some of the most difficult times of her life and overcome her addictions.

Cassandra - Success Stories

Hi, my name is Cassandra and I suffer from mental illness. I am also a recovering addict and a recovering alcoholic. But most of all, I am a survivor of domestic violence! I come from the streets, gangs, bikers, sex, drugs, and alcohol. A self-medicating schizophrenic.

I would use drugs to medicate myself and I was too paranoid to seek help. Due to being on the streets and using, I got myself into trouble with the law DUI after DUI. Nobody understood what I was going through and I chose to be alone. I was deep in my illness and I left my family and my children. I didn’t know how to take care of them, let alone myself.

I was married for 12 years and behind closed doors, my husband would beat and rape me. So I chose to leave and to go back to the streets. While back on the streets, I would break the law every way possible trying to find my next high to keep the pain and the voices away. Nobody understood why I did the things that I did. Picking up my third DUI felony charge, I was sentenced to 10 years in the State penitentiary. Afterward, I was given felony probation and eventually was back on the streets.

I met my next offender, who was supposed to be a friend. He had kidnapped me to take me to Detroit from Oregon and I was beaten, choked and raped. This time was different, though- I had a .45 pointed ready to kill me.

After this happened, I surrendered myself to Canyon County for absconding. Knowing I would be safer facing that 10-year prison sentence, I chose Mental Health Court. Through this program, I was given a safe place to stay. This safe place was called Hope’s Door. At Hope’s Door, I met one of the lead staff, Jennifer and she gave me some chocolate. She was a ray of sunshine! Over the course of my time at the shelter, I also met with Kristin who was very kind and sweet. They both have hearts of gold.

Kristin was very thorough and understanding. She knew I was scared and not in my right mind. She was patient with me and I was given the support I needed to stay sober. I attended support, self-esteem, boundaries, and safety planning classes. I was taught skills and given the tools to help me heal and protect myself with a safety plan. The staff at Hope’s Door became my saviors. Cindy was like a mother to me! When I needed a shoulder to cry on or when I was in a crisis, she would coach me through it.

I have lots of love and respect for the staff at Hope’s Door. They spread their wings and helped me take cover. They have been my biggest support and I thank them for having my back and encouraging me to get through the hardest and most dangerous times in life.

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