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Closing the Book on a Year of Academic Mentorship

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

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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.

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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!

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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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Tuesday Night Support Group Changes

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in of Hope | 0 comments

We are excited that effective tonight, CFVC’s Tuesday night support groups and children’s activities have moved to a location that can accommodate our growth!

Please call our hotline for information on the new location (770) 479-1703.

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CFVC Launches Statewide Spanish Hotline

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in of Hope | 0 comments

After weeks of collaborative efforts, the Georgia Statewide Spanish Language Hotline is now activated!

Why a  Statewide Spanish Language Hotline?

In addition to the usual obstacles of leaving an abusive relationship, immigrant victims of Domestic Violence face many challenges because of language, cultural barriers, and lack of knowledge about resources, keeping victims isolated from seeking support.  On top of that, complex legal and immigration systems are difficult to navigate, shutting down opportunities for a safer outcome of survivors.  Abusers often use these barriers to their advantage in order to isolate even further the victim, preventing them from acquiring information about their legal rights and resources.

In Georgia, culturally specific services tend to be clustered in the metro Atlanta region.  The rural areas’ victims of Domestic Violence have limited access to services, especially with regard to interpreters.  To ensure that immigrant victims of Domestic Violence in Georgia have access to linguistically and cultural competent services, Cherokee Family Violence Center applied for federal funding to implement a 24-hour Statewide Spanish Language crisis line.  Funding was awarded and on April 14th, 2014, this long needed service was officially launched.

How will this new service operate?

Any victim calling the well-established GA Statewide Hotline (1800-33 HAVEN) has now the option to speak to a bilingual advocate if selecting option 2 on the prompt menu. The caller will be connected to our trained Spanish speaking Advocates who will be able to assess for safety, provide information about resources and connect the victim to the appropriate resources in their area.

If a client in your agency or someone you know can benefit from this new service make sure to provide them with the Statewide GA Hotline (1 800 33 HAVEN) and have the caller choose option 2 for Spanish.

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Spotlight on Collaboration: Bethesda Community Clinic

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in of Hope | 0 comments

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During the month of April members of the Cherokee Family Violence Center staff visited with our collaborative partner, the Bethesda Community Clinic for a tour of their facility.  Our staff regularly refers survivors of Domestic Violence to the Bethesda Clinic for primary medical care and basic dental needs.  Bethesda first opened its doors to uninsured individuals in 2010; that same year, we became collaborative partners.  The clinic offers care in both English and Spanish.

CFVC would like to thank the Bethesda staff for being such giving individuals, and for all the hard work they do in caring for the medical and dental needs of victims and survivors of Domestic Violence.

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