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South Valley Services November 2019 Newsletter

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A Word From the Board Chair - Bahar Ferguson

A Word From the Board Chair – Bahar Ferguson

“Every year, approximately 80 Utah children witness the murder or attempted murder of their mother.” This is a horrifying statistic from the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition, and it doesn’t even include violence children witness on others or experienced themselves. Individuals facing domestic violence are forced to handle a mountain of awful questions and decisions. Hopefully most of us can only relate on lesser levels, but I believe most everyone can think to a time in their lives where they were really stressed. Whether it be due to school, a big work project, a health issue, financial crunch, etc. most people can think back to being in that time and remember how much harder it was to navigate and see the best resolutions when in the moment. Individuals facing domestic violence face the same challenges – and are often dealing with life and death situations – or at a minimum, life impacting experiences and trauma. Sorting through the numerous questions can be overwhelming. Where do you go to get help? Where can you talk through the situation with a third party who can help you sort out whether or not the behavior is acceptable? How do you keep your kids safe? If you leave, where will you live? How will you continue your financial obligations to keep yourself and your family afloat? How do you stay alive?

I sincerely hope nobody ever has to face these questions. Unfortunately, with statistics showing one in three women and one in four men experiencing some type of intimate partner violence, we have a long way to go. Thankfully, South Valley Services exists to help those facing these challenges navigate through the situation, find needed resources, stay safe and work towards living the lives they deserve. I chose to become involved with South Valley Services to help an organization helping those who are in such turmoil get their lives back on the right path. To help an organization centered around being that helping hand, the person to talk to and the safe place to stay where they can go to sleep at night – unafraid of what may happen if they close their eyes.

Tuesday December 3rd is Giving Tuesday. We are thrilled to join thousands of organizations across the globe participating in the largest giving day of the year. I know you have so many options of where to donate. It seems like everywhere you go, someone is asking for support. I ask that you consider donating to South Valley Services and help make an impact on a life of someone in our community going through an incredibly dark time. Your donation will go towards helping those in our community who need it most.

During the fiscal year 2018-2019 (Jun-Jul) SVS provided:

  • 14,595 nights of safe shelter to 438 individuals. 53 percent of which were children.
  • 2,942 hours of service for 231 children at SVS’s Children’s Learning Center.
  • 3,109 hours of case management services to 705 individuals.
  • 400 community events providing domestic violence education to 13,707 people.
  • Help to 953 individuals that were high risk of homicide through our partnership with local law enforcement officers.
  • 3,779 calls answered on the SVS crisis hotline.
  • Financial assistance for 100 individuals to access safe and affordable housing.
  • 1,381 hours of clinical services to 209 individuals.
  • 2,396 high school students receiving Safe Dating and Healthy Relationship classes.

Please, join me in helping South Valley Services help those facing domestic violence in our community. Whether you donate from your weekly soda or coffee budget, create a fundraising drive in your company or with your family, or ask your company to choose SVS as their holiday fundraising recipient, all donations are greatly appreciated by the SVS staff, board and the domestic violence survivors who benefit from your generous donation. For those children who were forced to witness the murder or attempted murder of a parent – or the individual who fears going home to face their abuser – your donation can greatly impact their life becoming safer, happier and whole once again.

Thank you,

Bahar Ferguson
Board Chair

 

SVS in the News

To kick off Domestic Violence Awareness month, over 3,400 purple flags were placed on the front lawn of the Salt Lake Government Center. Each flag represents a domestic violence survivor who sought help through Salt Lake County’s domestic violence service providers in the last year.  Read and watch more at the links below.
KSL 
ABC4

We were so honored to be the recipient of a huge and generous donation and fundraising drive from over 40 different Allstate locations! We are truly upheld and supported by the community and we couldn’t do it without you!
Watch More here:
 

Community Resource Centers

SVS Community Resource Centers Update

We have exciting news! This month we got a new CRC Director! We are so excited to welcome Steve Price to the SVS team. Steve has experience working in government social services as well as international nonprofit organizations, and we are so lucky to have him. Steve has a passion for helping people and loves to chat with everyone, so if you see him around, feel free to stop and introduce yourself. Welcome to the team, Steve! As for the rest of the CRC team, we are pleased to say that we still have Joann, Mahalia, and Madison as Case Managers. We are so grateful to have a talented and passionate Case Management team. Thanks for all you do!

Prevention & Education

SVS’s First Annual Domestic Violence Awareness 5K Walk/Run! 

The event was held on Saturday, October 5th at Veterans Memorial Park in West Jordan. We had a great success with this event! Throughout the route, runners and walkers were able to see posted information about domestic violence statistics as well as services that SVS provides.

Thanks to our sponsors who donated raffle prizes and helped with planning!

  • Salt Lake County Health Department  (Developed the route)
  • Bedrock Quartz (Donated participant shirts)
  • Rape Recovery Center
  • Mountain America Credit Union
  • University of Utah Health Plans
  • Pregnancy Resource Center
  • Catholic Community Services
  • JC Laker Jewelry
  • Desert Mountain Massage

We also received several item donations from participants to help stock our shelter. Thanks to the support of the community and people working towards ending Domestic Violence.  We were able to raise over $1,000 during this event, and we cannot wait to bring it back next fall!

        

Clinical Services

The clinical department has been very busy this quarter and last. We are almost at a full staff! Our clinical team consists of Alison Dinkelman as the clinical director, Wendy Canova, and Rachel Clark, as our full time clinical therapists, and Sasha Freed as our MSW Intern. Our team works in the shelter and in the community at locations in Riverton and West Jordan, as well as in libraries across the valley.

Alison Dinkelman, LCSW

Wendy Canova, CSW

Rachel Clark, CSW

Sasha Freed, MSW-Intern

The last quarter the Clinical Department received a grant that allowed our team to purchase new play therapy items, EMDR equipment, and other essential items to provide best therapeutic practices for our clients. Clients have made several positive comments about the change in atmosphere in the therapy rooms and the children have been able to express themselves more freely using the items that this grant has allowed us to provide.

Volunteer & Donations

Recent Donations and Volunteer Services from the Community
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) came and hosted a BBQ for the whole shelter! They brought food for everyone including staff and games for the kids to play. They also brought donations for our shelter such as paper towels, cleaning supplies, and hygiene supplies. It was nice to have the host a good bye to summer BBQ for all of our residents and do something with them that we do not usually have access to.

 
Two  separate groups from Mountain America Credit Union volunteered at our shelter to volunteer . They helped count and sort donations from the shed. They did the inventory for our pantry and hygiene supplies, as well as organized both areas. They disinfected toys in the Children’s Learning Center, organized new donations in the boutique, put together small hygiene kits and helped clean up and organize all the book shelves. It was great to have them come two different times and be so willing to help our shelter!
 
 
        
         
         
 
Alta High Interact Club, a group of students from Alta High School, came and helped around our shelter. They helped sort and count new donations, clean the boutique, clean hygiene areas and the kitchen, as well as help organize our new food order. It was great to have them help and they even want to come back!
 
 
We so appreciate our wonderful volunteers! 

Every donation of in-kind items, volunteered time, and money, sustains and enhances our services.  

We are very grateful for your interest in helping us eradicate domestic violence and empower survivors.

 
 

Thank you to our amazing donors!

Allstate
Amazon Smile Foundation
American Express
Century Link Employee Giving
King Family Foundation
Miller Family Foundation
Ruth Eleanor & John Earnest Bamberger Memorial Foundation
Sorenson Legacy Foundation
Century United Methodist Women
Cottonwood Presbyterian Church
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Kroger/Smith’s
Latter-day Saint Humanitarian Services
Network for Good
Shelter the Homeless, Inc.
Scheels
The Exchange Club of Sandy
United Way
Utah Valley Aeromodelers
Zonta Club of Salt Lake Area
Zurchers
Barbara Allred
K. Douglas Anderson
Kellie Anderson
James Backman
Susan Baker
Carl Bechtold
Scott Bell
Ruth Berrett
Roger Blaylock
Gregory Burnett
Jeff Carter
Juan Chaveles
Rebecca Condas
LaRayne Day
Richard Elder
Briant Farnsworth
James Fenton
Natalie Fenton
Carolyn Gottfredson
Stefenee Huch
Trish Hull
Bil Jeppson
Tricia Kritzberg
Lynda Krog
Leila Law
Jeff Lawson
Carol Lloyd
S.L. McCormick
Steven and Shelli Mecham
Lester Moore
Amber Nicols
Jaime & Tracie Penunuri
Jennifer Perriton
K.D. Price
Cheryl & Tom Quinn
Gayle & John Richards
John E. Richards
Ronald Robbins
Julia Rossiter
Ken Shaw
Jeffrey Stott
Gerald Summerhays
Janet Wagner
Rachel Wagner
C.M.J.K. Westfahl
Dionne Williams
 
 

 

A Word From the Board Chair – Bahar Ferguson

“Every year, approximately 80 Utah children witness the murder or attempted murder of their mother.” This is a horrifying statistic from the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition, and it doesn’t even include violence children witness on others or experienced themselves. Individuals facing domestic violence are forced to handle a mountain of awful questions and decisions. Hopefully most of us can only relate on lesser levels, but I believe most everyone can think to a time in their lives where they were really stressed. Whether it be due to school, a big work project, a health issue, financial crunch, etc. most people can think back to being in that time and remember how much harder it was to navigate and see the best resolutions when in the moment. Individuals facing domestic violence face the same challenges – and are often dealing with life and death situations – or at a minimum, life impacting experiences and trauma. Sorting through the numerous questions can be overwhelming. Where do you go to get help? Where can you talk through the situation with a third party who can help you sort out whether or not the behavior is acceptable? How do you keep your kids safe? If you leave, where will you live? How will you continue your financial obligations to keep yourself and your family afloat? How do you stay alive?

I sincerely hope nobody ever has to face these questions. Unfortunately, with statistics showing one in three women and one in four men experiencing some type of intimate partner violence, we have a long way to go. Thankfully, South Valley Services exists to help those facing these challenges navigate through the situation, find needed resources, stay safe and work towards living the lives they deserve. I chose to become involved with South Valley Services to help an organization helping those who are in such turmoil get their lives back on the right path. To help an organization centered around being that helping hand, the person to talk to and the safe place to stay where they can go to sleep at night – unafraid of what may happen if they close their eyes.

Tuesday December 3rd is Giving Tuesday. We are thrilled to join thousands of organizations across the globe participating in the largest giving day of the year. I know you have so many options of where to donate. It seems like everywhere you go, someone is asking for support. I ask that you consider donating to South Valley Services and help make an impact on a life of someone in our community going through an incredibly dark time. Your donation will go towards helping those in our community who need it most.

During the fiscal year 2018-2019 (Jun-Jul) SVS provided:

  • 14,595 nights of safe shelter to 438 individuals. 53 percent of which were children.
  • 2,942 hours of service for 231 children at SVS’s Children’s Learning Center.
  • 3,109 hours of case management services to 705 individuals.
  • 400 community events providing domestic violence education to 13,707 people.
  • Help to 953 individuals that were high risk of homicide through our partnership with local law enforcement officers.
  • 3,779 calls answered on the SVS crisis hotline.
  • Financial assistance for 100 individuals to access safe and affordable housing.
  • 1,381 hours of clinical services to 209 individuals.
  • 2,396 high school students receiving Safe Dating and Healthy Relationship classes.

Please, join me in helping South Valley Services help those facing domestic violence in our community. Whether you donate from your weekly soda or coffee budget, create a fundraising drive in your company or with your family, or ask your company to choose SVS as their holiday fundraising recipient, all donations are greatly appreciated by the SVS staff, board and the domestic violence survivors who benefit from your generous donation. For those children who were forced to witness the murder or attempted murder of a parent – or the individual who fears going home to face their abuser – your donation can greatly impact their life becoming safer, happier and whole once again.

Thank you,

Bahar Ferguson Board Chair

SVS in the News

To kick off Domestic Violence Awareness month, over 3,400 purple flags were placed on the front lawn of the Salt Lake Government Center. Each flag represents a domestic violence survivor who sought help through Salt Lake County’s domestic violence service providers in the last year.  Read and watch more at the links below. KSL  ABC4

We were so honored to be the recipient of a huge and generous donation and fundraising drive from over 40 different Allstate locations! We are truly upheld and supported by the community and we couldn’t do it without you!
Watch More here:

Community Resource Centers

SVS Community Resource Centers Update

We have exciting news! This month we got a new CRC Director! We are so excited to welcome Steve Price to the SVS team. Steve has experience working in government social services as well as international nonprofit organizations, and we are so lucky to have him. Steve has a passion for helping people and loves to chat with everyone, so if you see him around, feel free to stop and introduce yourself. Welcome to the team, Steve! As for the rest of the CRC team, we are pleased to say that we still have Joann, Mahalia, and Madison as Case Managers. We are so grateful to have a talented and passionate Case Management team. Thanks for all you do!

Prevention & Education

SVS’s First Annual Domestic Violence Awareness 5K Walk/Run! 

The event was held on Saturday, October 5th at Veterans Memorial Park in West Jordan. We had a great success with this event! Throughout the route, runners and walkers were able to see posted information about domestic violence statistics as well as services that SVS provides.

Thanks to our sponsors who donated raffle prizes and helped with planning!

  • Salt Lake County Health Department  (Developed the route)
  • Bedrock Quartz (Donated participant shirts)
  • Rape Recovery Center
  • Mountain America Credit Union
  • University of Utah Health Plans
  • Pregnancy Resource Center
  • Catholic Community Services
  • JC Laker Jewelry
  • Desert Mountain Massage

We also received several item donations from participants to help stock our shelter. Thanks to the support of the community and people working towards ending Domestic Violence.  We were able to raise over $1,000 during this event, and we cannot wait to bring it back next fall!

        

Clinical Services

The clinical department has been very busy this quarter and last. We are almost at a full staff! Our clinical team consists of Alison Dinkelman as the clinical director, Wendy Canova, and Rachel Clark, as our full time clinical therapists, and Sasha Freed as our MSW Intern. Our team works in the shelter and in the community at locations in Riverton and West Jordan, as well as in libraries across the valley.

Alison Dinkelman, LCSW

Wendy Canova, CSW

Rachel Clark, CSW

Sasha Freed, MSW-Intern

The last quarter the Clinical Department received a grant that allowed our team to purchase new play therapy items, EMDR equipment, and other essential items to provide best therapeutic practices for our clients. Clients have made several positive comments about the change in atmosphere in the therapy rooms and the children have been able to express themselves more freely using the items that this grant has allowed us to provide.

Volunteer & Donations

Recent Donations and Volunteer Services from the Community IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) came and hosted a BBQ for the whole shelter! They brought food for everyone including staff and games for the kids to play. They also brought donations for our shelter such as paper towels, cleaning supplies, and hygiene supplies. It was nice to have the host a good bye to summer BBQ for all of our residents and do something with them that we do not usually have access to.
Two  separate groups from Mountain America Credit Union volunteered at our shelter to volunteer . They helped count and sort donations from the shed. They did the inventory for our pantry and hygiene supplies, as well as organized both areas. They disinfected toys in the Children’s Learning Center, organized new donations in the boutique, put together small hygiene kits and helped clean up and organize all the book shelves. It was great to have them come two different times and be so willing to help our shelter!
        
         
         
Alta High Interact Club, a group of students from Alta High School, came and helped around our shelter. They helped sort and count new donations, clean the boutique, clean hygiene areas and the kitchen, as well as help organize our new food order. It was great to have them help and they even want to come back!
We so appreciate our wonderful volunteers! 

Every donation of in-kind items, volunteered time, and money, sustains and enhances our services.  

We are very grateful for your interest in helping us eradicate domestic violence and empower survivors.

Thank you to our amazing donors!

Allstate Amazon Smile Foundation American Express Century Link Employee Giving King Family Foundation Miller Family Foundation Ruth Eleanor & John Earnest Bamberger Memorial Foundation Sorenson Legacy Foundation Century United Methodist Women Cottonwood Presbyterian Church Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Kroger/Smith’s Latter-day Saint Humanitarian Services
Network for Good
Shelter the Homeless, Inc. Scheels The Exchange Club of Sandy United Way Utah Valley Aeromodelers Zonta Club of Salt Lake Area Zurchers Barbara Allred K. Douglas Anderson Kellie Anderson James Backman Susan Baker Carl Bechtold
Scott Bell Ruth Berrett Roger Blaylock
Gregory Burnett Jeff Carter Juan Chaveles Rebecca Condas LaRayne Day Richard Elder Briant Farnsworth James Fenton Natalie Fenton Carolyn Gottfredson Stefenee Huch Trish Hull Bil Jeppson Tricia Kritzberg
Lynda Krog Leila Law Jeff Lawson Carol Lloyd S.L. McCormick Steven and Shelli Mecham Lester Moore Amber Nicols Jaime & Tracie Penunuri Jennifer Perriton K.D. Price Cheryl & Tom Quinn Gayle & John Richards John E. Richards Ronald Robbins Julia Rossiter Ken Shaw Jeffrey Stott Gerald Summerhays Janet Wagner Rachel Wagner C.M.J.K. Westfahl Dionne Williams