At our final staff meeting of 2013, we talked about Davon, an eight-year old boy who’s in therapy at Safe Shores. Working with his therapist, he's learning to control his anger through deep breathing, counting down and relaxation techniques. Recently, in the face of a potential meltdown, Davon applied what he’d learned. No one was more surprised than his mother, who’d all but lost hope in dealing with his outbursts. For the support that enables Safe Shores to help Davon and other young abuse survivors learn important coping skills, we thank you.
And we thank you for yet another way you made an impact in 2013: fulfilling the holiday wish lists of over 340 children during our Holiday Giving Drive. That’s a lot of smiles!
Now, in looking toward 2014, we have a wish list of our own. At the very top of Safe Shores' list, we want every adult to do something to keep children safe. Engage. Resolve to protect children from violence and abuse, starting today. Here's how:
- Grow smarter about how to keep kids safe. Attend one of our free Stewards of Children trainings, where you’ll learn how to recognize, respond to and prevent child sexual abuse in our community. Preregister for our next training which will be on Tuesday, January 21 from 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
- Give...your time, skills and energy. For example, coordinate clothing and book drives for children in need. Email us for more information.
- Get to know us better. If you haven’t already, please join us for one of our bi-monthly Coffee for Kids tours, where you can learn how Safe Shores helps child victims of abuse. Come for just an hour. :) Register for one of our upcoming tours: January 16 or January 30.
- Join the conversation. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay informed and be a part of the solution to stopping child abuse. To check out a recent radio conversation about how we can protect children, click here.
If you have other ideas about how you’d like to be involved, let us know!
Thanks to you, children like Davon are healing and feeling more hopeful each day. On behalf of everyone at Safe Shores, I wish you a year filled with goals attained, dreams fulfilled, and the joy that comes from helping those in need.
In the spirit of hope and progress for all children,
Michele Booth Cole, JD
Sunday, January 5, 2014
An important message from Safe Shores: Do Something New in 2014
Safe Shores―The DC Children's Advocacy Center recently shared this email, chock-full of learning and serving opportunities in support of abused children in DC.