The goal of our Counseling Program is committed to helping create and preserve healthy families by assisting survivors of family violence and sexual violence at any point in the healing process. Our staff of volunteers address the following topics:
• Crisis Intervention
• Cycle of Violence
• Trauma Resolution
• Grief and Loss
• Relationship Dynamics
• Family Dynamics
• Parenting & the Effects of Violence on Children
• Decision Making
Individual and group counseling is provided to primary and secondary survivors of family and/or sexual violence. Services are provided to females, males and gender minorities, and both children and adults.
According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence, “Domestic violence is one of the leading causes of homelessness for women and their children. More than 90 percent of homeless women experience severe physical or sexual abuse at some point in their lives, and 63 percent have been victims of domestic or sexual violence. Although safe housing can provide a pathway to freedom, there are many barriers that prevent survivors from obtaining safe and affordable housing. The majority of survivors experience financial abuse, meaning that they have not had access to the family finances, have been prohibited from working, or have had their credit score destroyed by the abusive partner. Victims may also face discrimination in accessing or maintaining housing based on the violent or criminal actions of perpetrators.”
Our shelter will provide a safe, secure and confidential refuge for up to 30 days. We will strive to make the transition to our non-violent, supportive environment as seamless as possible. We believe in the right of all persons to live without fear, abuse, oppression and violence. We recognize the strength and courage it takes to begin the process of healing from all types of abuse, including physical, psychological, sexual, economic, and spiritual. In order to heal, we provide survivors an opportunity to experience a safe, secure, and supportive environment to regain their personal strength and restore their live.
The staff and volunteers at the Hidden Gem Family Center are committed to a culture of kindness that puts compassion into practice in the following ways:
The Temporary Housing Program is for one month with assistance and classes provided and the Transitional Housing program will provide housing for a maximum of 6 months. Resources for rental assistance to those who have housing and services to meet their needs will be provided. We aim to assist survivors with their personal, economic and housing goals by providing resources for financial assistance to secure and maintain stable and safe housing, and time to heal. We offer advocacy, emotional support, referrals for practical resources such as furnishings, and assistance gaining economic stability through education, employment and/or applying for public assistance. Our goal is to equip each survivor and their family with education and support to be able to step out on their own and provide a safe and financially stable home.
The Hidden Gem Family Center is in the process of raising funds to purchase a building in town that will be used for additional services as well as a temporary homeless shelter/housing. This would include space for approximately 10 women and families at a time where showers, hot meals, a place to sleep and assistance with relocation to a permanent housing will be provided.
This website is a great resource. Their mission is to assist anyone who has been victimized by sexual assault or abuse. The website is a compilation of information around different instances of sexual violence. They offer resources to assist survivors and their families and have a guide specific to child sex abuse. It has tons of great info, including how to help a child who has experienced this or how to be aware if a child is being groomed.
The pain and terror of family and sexual violence does not end with the attack. Survivors are often left to navigate the complex emotional, legal, medical, and financial waters alone. Services provided are:
An advocate is able to assist you if you have experienced family and/or sexual violence and:
Our Advocates assist survivors of violent crimes with finding services that best suit their needs along with any resources that might be required. We provide these services to anyone who is in need. Our advocates walk alongside the victim through any judicial proceedings with accompaniment to meetings or appointments where support might be needed.
If a young adult is looking for a place to get involved, this is the place. Individuals who are in college or have a career or are single, volunteer services are available to help the community. To name a few projects:
At the end of each day project there will be a time for fun and fellowship. This will offer the opportunity to get to know other people in the community and to develop a desire to help those in need.