Author: Ben Jeske

AAFV visited the City of Parma again this year for the Pinwheels for Prevention program. In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the new national symbol for child abuse prevention through Pinwheels for Prevention. What the research has shown, is that people respond to the pinwheels. Thanks for having us, City of Parma! We appreciate your support to our efforts to combat and stop child abuse. We look forward to next year!

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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.

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.

 

From the Idaho Coalition's Newsletter

From the Idaho Coalition’s Newsletter

Advocates Against Family Violence was featured in the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence’s December Newsletter. Read what the Coalition had to say about AAFV below!

Advocates Against Family Violence Staff


Hope, healing, and strength are core values of Advocates Against Family Violence, and those values emanated from Kim Deugan, Executive Director, as she talked about their work, life, challenges, and what’s to come, one recent snowy day in Canyon County.

Kim doesn’t leave the work behind. She is the work. When it’s so woven into the fabric of your life, and how and where you show up, you’ve become an activist. You’re also at greater risk of burn-out, which is why Kim has taken steps to provide a genuine culture of care and support for her entire team – 28 staff, 50 committed volunteers, and 9 board members. Although Kim’s exterior often shows what a go-getter she is, she is also a strong nurturer. These qualities are reflective across the programs and services offered at Advocates Against Family Violence.

Advocates Against Family Violence has a continued commitment to increasing their accessibility and true relevance for survivors from diverse backgrounds, by seeking training on working with under-served and marginalized people, offering bi-lingual services and resources, in-school services to reach youth, rural outreach, top notch childcare, learning services, and much more.

Pulling into the Advocates Against Family Violence campus, you’ll see people sitting in the green space in meditation or playing with their dogs. The emergency shelter is large and old, but is a continued work in progress, with dedicated staff providing support that fosters hope, healing and strength.
Advocates Against Family Violence campus also houses the first Let’s Move Certified child center in Caldwell. It is a happy, safe place.

Kim beamed when describing a recent story. A young man at juvenile Corrections, one of about 8,300 youth reached this year through their teen outreach program, opened up to Kaitlin, the Teen Advocate. She had struck a chord with him, and he was ready to risk feeling hope for something better for his life.

Advocates Against Family Violence was happy to work with him, providing client centered services. “When he was released from Juvenile Corrections, he reached out and asked if we really meant what we said, that we’d help him.” “We said of course!” From there, this young man, having been on the road to some scary and sad places, began counseling, anger management classes, healthy relationships, financial management, and with much work on Advocates Against Family Violence and his part, they are working on getting Colton accepted into a program in Northern Idaho: National Guard Youth Challenge where he will complete school and attain job skills. Kim talked about how some clients stay with you – especially the kids. “We need emancipation in Idaho,” she said. “It’s on my radar. Too many kids don’t have options, and emancipation could help them direct a better future for themselves and get support they need.”

Kim talked about the important work her staff does with campus sexual assault, and the Advocacy Learning Center – an intense 18-month curriculum that is helping facilitate changes Advocates Against Family Violence has been wanting to make.
The biggest change? More and more Advocates Against Family Violence sees their role as community advocates, and are setting up for the transition of what Advocates Against Family Violence will look like. “We are here to build healthier communities. Domestic and sexual violence are community issues – not just OUR issues. We are here to support the community’s efforts in the ways we can. But the entire community is responsible and our role is to increase their engagement, wear the hats that we’re good at, continue providing advocacy and support services, and create change.” Seeing the determination in Kim’s eyes, hearing it in her voice, and knowing how far Advocates Against Family Violence has evolved even in just the past few years – no doubt it will be amazing to witness.

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.

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

Thank you IDACORP employees for generously donating $1,061 to our organization!

Their support for our organization shows that they share the same passion for eliminating violence in our community just as we do. It is support like this that enabled us to provide over 44,000 victim services in 2016! THANK YOU IDACORP!!!

Dear Staff:

The Treasure Valley Lag Employee Community Fund, Idaho Power and IDACORP, Inc., are pleased to present you with the enclosed check totaling $1,061.00. Through voluntary employee contributions and corporate matching funds we are able to provide this assistance.

The work your organization does for our community is valued. Through this contribution, it is hoped that you can continue the work you are doing.

Corwin Ford of Nampa Donates $25,000 to AAFV

Corwin Ford presented Advocates Against Family Violence with a check for $25,000! We greatly appreciate the generous support of AAFV’s mission to end violence! Hope, healing, and strength will continue to those we serve! Over 450 bed nights in our Shelter will be provided for women and children!

Strengthening Hope December Newsletter

Strengthening Hope December Newsletter

Dashing through the snow, ho, ho, ho… The hustle and bustle of the season has set in. We are all feverishly trying to get the gifts bought, wrapped, and under the tree. The plans for family time, Christmas caroling, laughter, and holiday cheer are filling our calendars.

This time of year I am also reminded of the generosity of our community. AAFV has been blessed this season by the generosity of food drives, coat drives, and community members raising funds for the on-going needs of our organization. We truly live in an extremely compassionate community! Every day, we at AAFV get the honor of seeing lives transformed because of your generosity and willingness to support our mission, providing hope, healing, and strength to those we serve.

It is my sincere desire that each of you have a very blessed holiday season. Please enjoy your families and your time together. Some don’t know the joy of the holiday season. Treasure your families and your time with them.

It is so hard to believe that a new year is again at hand. The older I get, the faster time flies! But, let’s not get ourselves in a tizzy for what’s to come. My hope is a joyous holiday season for you, your families and friends!

Have a blessed holiday season!!

– Kimberly Deugan, Executive Director

Avenues for Hope

The Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge launched on Thursday, December 8th. The goal of the Avenues for Hope campaign is to strengthen housing-related nonprofits throughout Idaho by encouraging individual donations to help prevent homelessness and improve affordable housing options. A small donation of just $25 can help provide housing to women and children in 2017! Plus you can win Opera tickets! (See below)

Avenues for Hope

Win Opera Tickets

Every donation of $25 or more to Avenues for Hope will enter you into a drawing for tickets to G. Puccini’s Tosca on February 24th OR 26th, 2017 at the Morrison Center! The winner will receive a gift certificate good for Two (2) Tickets at Gold Level! Every $25 or more donation to Avenues for Hope will give you one (1) entry in the drawing! The winner will be selected during the first week of January after Avenues of Hope has ended!

Wal-Mart

We would like to thank the Wal-Mart in Meridian and Caldwell for supporting us! During the first week of December, these Idaho Wal-Mart locations ran a food and personal hygiene product drive to support the women and children at our Shelter! Thank you so much for your support Wal-Mart, we really appreciate it!

Happy Holidays!

At this joyous time of year, we are grateful for our work with the community. We wish you abundance, happiness, and peace in a new year filled with hope. Please have a safe and fun holiday season! We appreciate our supporters and look forward to the new year!Happy holidays from everyone at AAFV!

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.

“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.”

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