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Thank you and Happy Holidays!

Posted by on Dec 22, 2016 in of Healing, of Help, of Hope |

Cherokee Family Violence Center would like to thank our community for the generous support we have all year and especially during the holidays.

THANK YOU and Happy Holidays from CFVC Staff!

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As a reminder, we are still have our raffle open! We will being drawing to see who the winner is on Sunday, January 8th at 2PM at CFVC. Winner does not need to be present to win. Tickets are $25 each. If you want to buy your chance to win, click here.


CFVC will be closed during the holidays. We will be open again Wednesday, December 28th. If you are in need of assistance, please call our hotline at 770-479-1703.


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CFVC’s First Summer Camp Was a Success

Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 in of Hope |

From June sixth to tenth, Cherokee Family Violence Center held our first summer camp for the children who reside in our transitional housing program. The five day long camp was filled with fun, mindfulness and relaxation. We had a total of 11 campers participate in our first week of camp, with another group scheduled to participate later this summer. Each day began with meditation and ended with journaling and meditation, facilitated by Candace Pranger, our Teen Advocate. In between, campers participated in discussion on different topics, and participated in activities and field trips.

The first day of camp was exciting! We introduced mindfulness to the campers and gave them their own camp bag filled with goodies. We used a mindfulness jar activity to show how busy our minds can be and started the discussion of settling our minds. We tie-dyed the children’s camp shirts colors correlating to positive emotions. Many campers used emotions including “happiness,” “kindness,” “blessed,” and “confident.” During the activity, one of the campers thought their tied shirt looked like a pony tail so the girls helped him with his new do. Everyone had a great laugh. Campers enjoyed Zaxby’s for lunch and after, lunch did yoga with Ms. Lisa, a volunteer. The campers enjoyed the different movements and activities Ms. Lisa taught them. We ended the day with “letting our mind jars settle.”


The next day we started off with a feelings game and learning about ANTS, Automatic Negative Thoughts. During the feelings game, the campers acted out an emotion and the others had to guess what the emotion was. After, the campers learned about the nine ANTS and ways we can gain control over our moods. To complete our busy morning, we headed off to Sips N Strokes; learning and painting was quite relaxing and enjoyable. (The children all returned the next day to brag about the new picture they had hung in their room.) After lunch, we went to TaeKwonDo with Master Kim, which the campers really loved. We finished up the afternoon with a compassion activity and discussed different ways we feel about a friends, strangers, and enemies.



On the third day, we checked out the Green Acres Equestrian Center. We all got to groom and lead the horses, Mr. Joe Cool and Ms. Dream Angel. Dream Angel even showed off her ballet moves! We enjoyed the tour of the farm and seeing how much work goes into caring for a horse. After we left, we had lunch and spent the afternoon discussing gratitude and practicing empathy. Brooke Larson, our Family Support Coordinator, led an activity during which each of the campers and facilitators went around the circle expressing one thing they were grateful for. For each item named, the child or facilitator placed a pipe cleaner in the middle of the circle — by the end of the activity, we had a large pile to represent our gratitude.



On the fourth day of camp, we did Taylor Foerst, a CFVC Family Advocate’s favorite activity, “bucket fillers.” She introduced bucket fillers with the story, How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids, a book by Tom Rath, Donald O. Clifton and Mary Reckmeyer. After she read the story, we headed over to Autumn Leaves, an assisted living facility. We made dreamcatchers with many of the residents living there — this was many of our campers’ favorite activities. When we returned to home base, the campers were surprised with pizza from Uncle Maddio’s of Canton. After we cleaned our faces of pizza sauce, we went back to TaeKwonDo for another lesson. After TaeKwonDo, we completed our bucket filler activity. We challenged each child to fill someone’s bucket every day, which translates to making appositive impact on others around us.


On the last day of camp, we went straight to the Art Barn, an interactive barn complete with a petting zoo, hay ride and art session. The campers loved the show put on by the pig that could bow! We ended our time at the Art Barn with a picnic. We stopped off at Dairy Queen to cool off with some blizzards then went to Etowah River Park. We explored their nature trail and did a Rainbow Walk, during which campers found items to match the colors of the rainbow. After the walk, the campers wrote thank letters to all the people and organizations that assisted with our camp. We recognized all the campers with a completion certificate.




We are appreciative of our advocates, Brooke, Taylor and Candace for organizing this exciting event for the children in our program and loved seeing the campers so excited and full of energy every day. We look forward to growth of our camp in future summers and bringing similar experiences to new campers each year. We are also excited to offer this camp again in July for a new group of campers. We thank our generous donors and partners who made this camp possible, including Zaxby’s of Riverstone Parkway, Publix of Rose Creek, Uncle Maddio’s of Canton, Target, WalMart, Autumn Leaves of Towne LakeMaster Kim’s TaeKwonDo, and the Art Barn.

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Day Maker

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in of Healing, of Hope |

It’s things like this that keep us focused on the work we are doing — and know we are making a difference in the lives of the families we are lucky enough to work with every day.

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Closing the Book on a Year of Academic Mentorship

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in of Help, of Hope |


Some of our dedicated young readers and a few of our volunteer mentors from 2016

Since October 2015, Children’s Restoration Network (CRN) has partnered with Cherokee Family Violence Center to implement Project One on One, an academic mentorship program to assist children who would like to develop academically and professionally.  Every Monday evening Project One on One mentors and students met individually or in small groups to focus on homework, projects, or skill building activities.  CFVC and CRN would have been able to  make this opportunity successful for the children in our program without the help of the 11 mentors who volunteered with us this academic year: Alison Abbot, Barbara Asperger, Christine Basso, Nolan Byrnes, Michele Galloway, Robin Kearney, Ellen Lavey, Nadia Mahmood, Ashley Patton, Madison Pippins, and Natosha Williams.  Christine Basso was an extra hit because she brought one of her four dogs as part of the Reading Education Assistance Dog (READ) program where children read to the dog. Many children found this to be more comfortable for them.


We had a total of 24 children attend academic mentoring during our first year of the program!  We are hoping to increase the number of mentors which will allow for us to increase the number of students who can participate in Project One on One during the next school year when we resume our program on August 1, 2016.  To celebrate the great year our students and mentors had, last night we celebrated with a pizza party, snacks, and board games!


We are excited to see our partnership with CRN, our mentors and, of course, the great young minds in our program continue to develop into next year.  If you are interested in becoming an academic mentor at CFVC, please contact Children’s Restoration Network at (770) 649-7117.

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Spring Party with Boy Scout Troop 241

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in of Help |


During this month’s children’s support group, we had a spring party thanks to Boy Scout Troop 241 of Canton, Georgia.  Troop 241 organized an indoor egg hunt for the nearly 50 children in attendance that night.  The children had a great time decorating spring bags, scrambling for eggs and munching on snacks.  The Scouts presented the children gift bags to take home after the celebration.  We had such a great time getting to know the Scouts and appreciate their effort this year and their commitment to doing it again next year!

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