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!
Thanks to everyone that came out last week to enjoy our concert and the excellent food vendors! We had a blast with you all and we look forward to next time! We hope you had as much fun as we did!
We also would like to give a huge thank you to Walter Ego of Boise, a local band that stepped in last minute when Riverbilly wasn’t able to make it because of unfortunate plane delays! You guys saved the day!
Mother’s Day this year at the Hope’s Door Shelter was awesome and the women loved it! (Some even took selfies with the flowers donated by CWI!) We would like to give special recognition and thanks to Nikki Houston of CWI for her time, contributions and making this event possible!
Here’s what Nikki had to say about Mother’s Day at Hope’s Door…
I wanted to put together a brunch for the women at Hope’s Door because I know what it is like to have absolutely nothing, to be stuck in a place where you are trying to turn your life around for yourself and your kid(s). Trying to rebuild your life from ground zero is incredibly hard and I wanted to show these women they are appreciated and so special.
Mother’s Day is about showing your love and appreciation for the woman who would do anything for their kids/family. The women at Hope’s Door have taken the step to start a better life for themselves and their kid(s). They deserve a day to be spoiled, to be appreciated, and to know they are cared about. I reached out to an organization, Life’s Kitchen, and was in contact with Erin King, their Catering and Special Event Planner. Erin blasted the event on Facebook and did a call out for volunteers. Within twenty minutes we had volunteers and people wanting to help with food and donations. We live in an amazing community where people genuinely care and wanted to give these women a very special day. Every mother deserves a special day devoted to them.
– Nikki Houston, Enrollment Advisor – College of Western Idaho
We would like to thank Erin King with Life’s Kitchen for donating the Frittatas and loaning AAFV the serviceware.
AAFV would also like to thank the following volunteers that spent their time and energy helping set up the Mother’s Day event for the women at Hope’s Door Shelter:
Pam Brewer – Cookies, Fruit, hot chocolate, serving utensils, paper goods
Maggie Ebben – Baked goods. Also donated a bag of baby clothes
Vincent Sprinkel – 6 lbs of bacon
Bianca Arana – Breakfast casserole
Jessica Collingwood – Breakfast potatoes
Kayla Adams – Drinks
Meridian Foodbank – Drinks
Nancy Kim – Gift bags from Sephora, case of water, and volunteer
Julie Houston – Gift bags, a bag of toys, clothes, and jewelry esimated around $200.
CWI Horticulture Program – 25 flower arrangements
Larisa Gilleard Rogers – Individual mini zucchini bread
The goal of the Men In Top Tiers 2016 Award is to honor and acknowledge top tier role model men from your organization. Men whose involvement with your organization positively affects the lives of children and families.
At Advocate Against Family Violence our mission is to eliminate violence in families and homes. As an organization, we support and wish to recognize positive male role models in our community. We understand and value the importance of healthy male examples in the lives of children.
We ask your organization to partner with us in this event by submitting one man from your agency as your M.I.T.T. nominee. Your M.I.T.T. nominee should be a man whose involvement with your organization positively affects the lives of children, families, and/or embodies the mission of your agency.
Your nominee can be a volunteer, board member, employee, or community leader. Please submit your nominees by May 30th to Esmer Estrada at firstname.lastname@example.org
Submit your nominee for Men In Top Tiers award by May 30th!
We will contact the nominees and invite them to the event on June 17th to be honored along with their nominating organization. The event will take place on June 24th, 2016, from 11:30 – 12:30 am.
Best Western Inn & Suites
908 Specht Ave.
Caldwell ID, 83605
We will be sponsoring a luncheon to honor your agency’s nominee and present their award. We appreciate your participation and look forward honoring your nominee during this exciting event!
For their Share the Love event, Team Mazda Subaru in Caldwell presented Advocates Against Family Violence with a check as part of the Subaru of America, Inc.’s event for $10,404. We are proud to continue partnering with Team Mazda Subaru each year as they grow and extend our deep gratitude for their efforts to support our organization and end domestic violence!
Share the Love – Team Mazda Subaru
At Subaru of America, they stay true to the Love Promise by partnering with a wide variety of nonprofits and charities. In addition to these partnerships, every year Subaru, the owners, and retailers join hands in the “Share the Love” event, giving back to charities across the country. Over the past 20 years, Subaru of America has donated over 50 million dollars to causes they care about and logged over 28,000 volunteer hours.
The 3rd Annual Men In Top Tiers (M.I.T.T.) was hosted at the Best Western in Caldwell on Friday, June 24th.
Men In Top Tiers honors and acknowledges men that are “Top Tier” role models to children whose involvement with your organization positively affects the lives of children, families, and/or embodies the mission of your agency.
Congratulations to the winners of our 2016 M.I.T.T. Award on behalf of Advocates Against Family Violence.
Click a name below to view their nominations.
Rick Godina – Employment & Training Specialist
Albert Erickson – Chief of Police, Parma, Idaho
Jessie Lumbreras – CCOA, Aging, Weatherization and Human Services
AAFV would also like to give a huge thank you to Fiesta Guadalajara for catering the event and providing such delicious food for the people that attended M.I.T.T!
Jessie Lumbreras – CCOA, Aging, Weatherization and Human Services
Our nominee is a great father, husband, and co-worker. He is the production Coordinator of CCOA’s Energy Zone LLC. His name is Jessie Lumbreras, a “Top Tier” role model, and we proudly nominate him for this award. When we think of this man we are nominating, several words to describe him come to our minds.
Caring is the first word. As our home energy auditor, Jessie is the first to meet the client in their home. He cares about their concerns for their home. He is patient and kind, taking the time to make the client feel at ease. Most of our clients are elderly who are living independently and Jessie embodies our mission statement, “To provide assistance to elderly, disabled and financially limited individual, through a variety of human programs, to promote self-sufficiency and to protect dignity, safety, and independence.” He knows how important it is to each of them to be able to stay in their home. He will go the extra mile for them if he sees a need that might be other than weatherization on their home. He is a dedicated employee that has an enormous, caring heart.
The second is Faithful – He is not only faithful to his job & family, he is faithful to his church and to his faith. Jessie is one of the Pastor on staff at the Christian Faith Center in Nampa. He brings messages to men at the church’s men group “One Voice” exhorting men to take interest in those around and the things they enjoy, opening up the door of relationship that will allow openness to the Gospel. Relationships are very important to Jessie. He is also involved with the Children’s ministry at church. He does understand the importance of being good examples and being involved in the lives of children. His young son, age 12, is in Martial Arts and Jessie is very involved with his competitions as Jessie himself is a Brown Belt. The family enjoys being together, biking, and camping.
We couldn’t talk about Jessie without mentioning our last word – Tacos. On the humorous side, you cannot even mention the word “food” that Jessie doesn’t yell out tacos. He posted once on Facebook, “Sometimes when I’m driving I totally space out and forget where I’m going… then I always end up at a Taco Truck.” Hey, he’s helping the small business owner. While Jessie is eating Mexican food, he is always talking about its taste. Basically he is saying Yum, Yum which each bite.
Albert Erickson – Chief of Police, Parma, Idaho
A few years ago when a young boy in the community had a brain tumor and needed a clean house to be able to come home from the hospital, he along with a neighbor coordinate donations and volunteers, for a complete remodel of the family’s house, inside and out, along with landscaping. He wrote letters to the community asking for help.
This year, he went to a call with a non-responsive 7-month-old baby. He got in the ambulance and performed CPR on the way to the hospital. The baby passed away at the hospital, but Chief Erickson checked on the family every day to see what they needed. He found out that their car was broken down, and then gave them his personal family van that same day.
The City of Parma had a monument to the veterans from the community who gave their lives in the service of their country, and a monument for a law enforcement officer who died in the line of duty. Chief Erickson wanted to improve the area and turn it into a fitting memorial for those who serve their country and community. This was a huge undertaking so he asked two Scouts if they would help him and take it on as their Eagle Scout projects, teaching them about hard work and how to be a leader along the way.
Chief Erickson does many things every day that goes unnoticed by the public. For example, he has recited “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” every Christmas for the last 23 years to all ages, schools, libraries, church groups, and private gatherings. One year, he we went to over 26 classrooms in the Caldwell School district. Always on personal time.
Rick Godina – Employment & Training Specialist
To touch the lives of others is a gift; a special gift bestowed upon a few. To impact the future of youth is to leave a legacy. I want to tell you about Rick Godina.
Rick grew up in a family of migrant farmworkers, working in the fields himself; a fact that he takes great pride in. From his family, he learned the values of hard work, humility, helping others and never forgetting where you came from. Rick has honored the sacrifices of his family by being the man that he is. He is a man of intergrity, dedication and honesty. He has served as a role model and mentor for numerous youth and peers in various capacities; giving back to and impacting the futures of generations to come. He has volunteered his time as a coach, and as a motivational speaker to both youth and parents of Latino children.
Rick serves as an Employment and Training Specialist for the Community Council of Idaho’s Employment and Training program. About five years ago, Rick had a vision of organizing a conference to expose Latino youth to careers in the health field. He recognized that so many intelligient Latino youth possess the skills and knowledge to go to college and achieve the “American Dream”. What they lacked was opportunity and role models. Well, he wasn’t going to sit around and just let that happen. He began to gather people in the community who believed in the vision and who would commit to making it happen. Demonstrating strong leadership, he coordinated a committee of fifteen people. He set the expectations, timelines and follow-through to ensure that the health conference would become a reality. He didn’t stop at just approaching young adults in the community. He approached the youth involved in FHLA (Future Hispanic Leaders of America) programs in high schools across the state with the message that the future is in their hands, and that what they want for themselves will only come from their own hard work and commitment. There are no hand-outs. To achieve your dreams, you must invest the time and effort in yourself. He required them to be part of the planning and coordination for the conference. He set the expectations and followed through with everyone to motivate them and keep them on track.
Rick was creative in combining a few goals into one project. He encouraged the student to sell raffle tickets so that the proceeds would support the sustainabilty of the conference year after year. To motivate the students to sell tickets, each student that sell $500 in tickets attends a national conference on leadership sponsored by the National Council for La Raza. This provides students the opportunity to get a world of view of professional Latinos and the advocacy they do every day to improve the lives of so many. The experience allows students to expand their dreams and hope for the future.
On April 2nd, 2016, the third annual Hispanic Health and Technical Careers Conference was held at the College of Idaho in Caldwell. The first was held at Boise State University, the second at Northwest Nazarene College, and the fourth will be held at College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls in the spring of 2017. You can see why I mention “legacy” from the beginning. Rick’s vision has seized the attention of all the Colleges and Junior Colleges in southern Idaho. BSU, U of I, CSI, NNU, ISU, CWI and College of Idaho sponsor the conference, provide scholarships and recruit students. Businesses donate materials, time and money. Lationo health and technical professionals share their stories with the students, and each year, an inspiring keynote speaker whom the youth can relate to is brought in to meet and speak to the students. All of this was started with Rick’s vision, and it is changing the lives of many youths.
Rick is an unsung hero! He does what he does every day so that others learn to believe in themselves and take risks in life. He inspires both youth and adults to dream and to pursue those dreams. He believes in and models hard work and integrity. He sets a standard for professionalism and settles for nothing less. I can go on and on about how he trains youth and college students in interview skills, contributes his own money in causes he believes in, etc. But I know there is a limit and I appreciate your time in reading about Rick Godina. I will finish by saying that we are proud to submit this nomination for “Men in Top Tiers Award” on behalf of the Community Council of Idaho.
Our Hope Lane Learning Center birthday parties are a once a month event hosted for the children. We would like to thank the Nampa 36th Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for taking the time to volunteer and provide the supplies needed for a birthday party for the children!
Hope Lane Learning Center Birthday Parties
Happy birthday to Esther and Londynn!
Nampa 36th Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will be sponsoring birthday parties at the end of each month for the children in our daycare and we would like to extend our deep gratitude to those willing to volunteer! Thank you!
Masks of Strength is a yearly project done at our Hope’s Door domestic violence shelter. Masks of Strength is a way for victims to express their feelings. Because the masks were found to be so powerful, they were displayed around the community during the month of April. After receiving positive feedback from victims, community partners were also invited to join us in displaying the Masks for Strength as well.
Masks of Strength represents the thoughts and feelings of victims of sexual assault. It is a way for them to tell their story through art.
At fundraisers, the masks were displayed as the centerpiece to tables and each mask had a brief description from the mask maker about the meaning of the mask and design. No names are used and many women choose to keep their masks after the Event.
Advocates Against Family Violence is proud to have partnered with Mayor Nathan Leigh, Parma Police, Chief Erickson, Parma Fire and Ambulance to bring the Pinwheels for Prevention in Parma. Together, we shut down the streets of the City of Parma around 10 am on Friday, April 8th and walked from the Parma City Police Station to the City Hall. At City Hall, the children from the Hope Lane Learning Center and the City of Parma placed their pinwheels.
Pinwheels for Prevention in Parma
What is Pinwheels for Prevention?
Throughout the month of April, we celebrate the lives we touch and those who have touched yours by honoring them with a pinwheel. The pinwheel is the national symbol for the great childhoods all children deserve because our children are our future.