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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.

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

Colton - Success Stories

Colton

Colton - Success Stories

Colton was brought into this world March 1998, in Nampa, Idaho. Within the year his parents would separate and Colton would move to Northern Idaho with his father. As he began to grow alcohol, drugs and violence surrounded him. One day, 5-year-old Colton, told his dad he wanted to be just like him when he grew up. His dad passed him a beer and cigarette and told Colton he better learn to smoke and drink like him. Once he had tasted his first beer Colton would begin to steal sips of his dad’s drinks when they were lying around the house. One day he tasted whiskey and would begin drinking heavily as a 6-year-old boy. At age 7 Colton tried drugs for the first time, making it a weekly habit. Soon he would realize his high wasn’t enough and he tried cocaine and other hard drugs. Colton learned by age 10 he could make a lot of money in the drug world and he began dealing. By 6th grade, Colton found a love for wrestling and learned as he became highly addicted to drugs he could use losing weight for wrestling as an excuse for the dark circles under his eyes and extreme weight loss. Through all of the violence, alcohol, and drugs he maintained A’s and B’s in school.

Colton was taught through actions violence was a way to live the life you want. He often got into fights and was encouraged to do so. One of his earliest memories was that during family get-togethers his parents, aunts, and uncles would put Colton and his older brother in a mock ring and place bets as to who would be beaten up or knocked out first. He also recalls, while at his grandpa’s house, his older brother hit him over the head with a beer bottle, Colton had a pellet gun in his hands threatening to shoot his brother out of anger. His grandfather and family became furious and told Colton that if you pull out a weapon you use it and if he would’ve shot his brother he wouldn’t have gotten into as much trouble. As violence continued to surround him at home, the drug leaders would learn of Colton’s aggression and use him as an enforcer for people who owed money. His dad would soon learn Colton driving back and forth between Idaho and Washington to pick up drugs to sell in Idaho. Knowing this Colton’s dad sent him back to Nampa to live with his aunt.

Nampa was a second home to Colton, as every two weeks to a month he would live with a new relative. Once arriving in Nampa he began hanging out with his old friends and family, began fighting, and got involved in drugs. He would attend parties and fights would be line up for him, at times he would fight six times a day. One night after drinking with his uncle and cousin at Lake Lowell the police showed up, realized he was intoxicated and attempted to arrest him. As he sat in handcuffs Colton would begin to kick and head butt the police until they took him to the hospital. Doctors told him he was a dead man walking as he blew a 3.8 and a 4.0 equals death. After this incident, Colton attended court where he was sentenced to one month and put on probation. Two days after his release he was back with his uncle and cousin drinking. His uncle passed out in the truck and the boys took the liquor and started walking. The police stopped Colton and his cousin and slammed him on top of the police car. Enraged, he began swinging at the police. This time Colton would go back to juvenile detention for a year and be released on good behavior.

Once Colton was released he began using drugs and alcohol again. After six months, he was driving his friends to a gas station to purchase beer and cigarettes, as he was sitting in the car he realized his friends were robbing the store. He was now an accomplice to a robbery. Days later while at the gym US Marshals would arrest him and take him back to Juvenile Detention. Two weeks went by and Colton was released due to a lack of evidence. He went back to his aunt’s house, during an argument his aunt began hitting him, he would try to block the blows, eventually grabbing her arms so she couldn’t hit him anymore, and left. His aunt called the police and police began patrolling the area looking for Colton. As he hid in a ditch he saw police at his aunt’s house; knowing he had drugs in his bag he ran to a nearby friend’s home who drove him to his brother’s house in Kuna. When he arrived a friend informed him that her 13-year-old sister was at a house of 20+-year-olds who were using drugs and it wasn’t safe. Colton and his brother went to go pick her up and the men wouldn’t release the girl for some time. Once they let her go with Colton and his brother the police were called. The next morning US Marshals arrested Colton and his brother. Once again he was in juvenile detention. He was not only tried for his parole violation but aiding and abetting from his previous crime. Colton decided to offer a plea bargain for one of the three felonies, the other two would be dropped and he would no longer face 25 years to life on each felony. He found himself in juvenile detention for another year until his next court date. As he sat in jail he remembered his family telling him he will be just like his mom, arrested for the first time when 12 and eventually land himself in prison.

This is when Colton’s story begins to change; I met Colton summer 2015 at Juvenile Detention. During the first day of healthy relationship class, I noticed him not engaging. He didn’t want to talk and if he did he was cracking jokes about the class, and he was rarely looking up. The second and third month was the same. However, I made it a point to always ask him a question about himself; whether it was, what’s your favorite color or do you like sports. Sitting at my desk after the third month I received a letter in the mail; it was from Colton. “Dear Kaitlin, I ain’t good at writing long letters surprisingly. I told you I would write you and I’m a man of my word…at first, I took the class as a joke but it actually works, writing down that stuff and looking at everything opens your eyes to different worlds.” In the fourth month of classes, he began to participate and ask questions. The next month I received another letter, it included his 20 year-goals, “Join the military and receive my diploma.” Month six, Colton was all but teaching the class, answering every question, asking how to pursue healthy relationships and telling the new kids who were joking to stop because the class is important. In his last letter he wrote, “You are the sixth person I have ever trusted in my life.” I began writing him back, my phone rang, and it was Colton telling me he was released before his hearing. He asked if I would write the judge a letter and if I was serious about anger management classes. I wrote a letter for his release and we began anger management classes.

Colton has been out and sober for 9 months, attends counseling when he can, completed anger management courses in July, maintains a full-time job and drops by the office weekly for check-ins. We are now in the process of finding him a program to get receive his diploma, as he wants to be the fifth person in 3 generations to graduate. He still maintains hope of getting his felony dropped for completing three years probation and wants to serve our country in the military.

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.

Kellie - Success Stories

Kellie

Kellie came to Hope’s Door as a referral from the Port of Hope. Kellie was 6 1/2 months pregnant living in Twin Falls and addicted to methamphetamine. She admitted herself to the hospital for psychosis and they transferred her to an Idaho Falls health center. She was there for 10 days and then transferred to State Hospital South, a mental institution. She remained there for 2 months and it was revealed that she had previously been abused and needed to deal with these issues. She was sent back to Port of Hope, where she completed a 28-day treatment program.

When Kellie came to Hope’s Door, she took classes to help her identify the abuse and enrolled into an outpatient treatment center. Hope’s Door staff helped her with referrals to mental health facilities to help her with her issues and counseling. She regained custody of her son shortly after staying at Hope’s Door. After giving birth to another son in December, her daughter returned to live with her as well.

With the help of Hope’s Door staff, Kellie started looking for permanent housing. She was accepted into an Idaho Development and Housing program and was, in turn, able to move into a 3 bedroom house in Caldwell. She has been on her own since April of 2016 and continues to do well. She still participates in her out-patient care and continues to stay in contact with Hope’s Door.

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