Things can get a bit heavy working with women who have faced so many traumas; some days are especially tough. On those days, I like to read testimonials from former Phoebes – so much gratefulness. This one was too good not to share: I’m thankful for the acceptance and support. The long, extended care of financial stability.… Continue reading Acceptance & Support
The women we serve at New Phoebe House are often affected by domestic and sexual violence from a young age. The trauma of violence leaves many of the women with low self-esteem and a lack of self-worth, adding to their desire to self-harm and use drugs and alcohol. We recognize that many of the women can benefit from an ongoing support group to help them understand the impact of violence and trauma while gaining coping skills and building self-esteem and self-worth as part of our whole woman recovery approach.
New Phoebe House is excited to announce we now offer a domestic violence and sexual trauma support group for our residents. Using trauma-sensitive curriculum to further support the women in their recovery process, the group started this August by covering some fundamentals of understanding domestic and sexual violence and survivor reactions to such traumas. It is important to start with this foundation so each woman has an understanding of how domestic and sexual trauma can and has impacted her life.
The women can now begin working to empower themselves to build positive self-esteem and self-worth, self-sufficiency, resiliency, and move one step closer to their recovery goal. This group will focus on building skills and knowledge that will enable the women to better understand and deal with the results of the trauma they have faced in the past. Art, music, a variety of discussion topics, and self-help curriculum will be used to promote the goals of the group.
Other important components of the group include working on: understanding and building healthy relationships, managing feelings and thoughts in healthy ways, expressing self in positive ways, and identifying positive people in one’s life to help in overcoming the effects of violence. The women will also work on ways to protect their children from such violence in order to break the cycle of domestic and sexual violence.
This year, we have been participating in Pierce County’s new system for helping those who are experiencing homelessness. There is a centralized resource, called Coordinated Entry (or Access Point for Housing), for all those seeking housing and support services. At Coordinated Entry, a family’s needs are assessed and they match each family to the best-fitting housing… Continue reading An Important Resource in Pierce County
Did you know you can earn financial support for the women and children of New Phoebe House with your donations of gently used clothing and household items? It’s true, thanks to the generosity of A.C.T.S., Inc. and Bargain World, your in-kind donation can help keep a roof over a woman and her child for a… Continue reading Make Your In-Kind Donations Go Further
Safety is very important to us at New Phoebe House. A lot goes on in a house with over a dozen families (each with very young children). What’s more, our surrounding neighborhood doesn’t have the greatest reputation when it comes to crime and safety.
To better monitor the safety of the women and children, we have surveillance cameras on site. It has become apparent we are reaching a point where we should expand our system. We hope to replace our current surveillance system with one that includes 4-5 cameras, so we can better ensure the safety of the women and children in and around the house.
Here’s where you come in: if you, or someone you know, would like to donate a surveillance camera system, please contact us! You can call (253) 383-7710, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you don’t know anyone, please help us spread the word!
Crystalin wanted to find a safe place for her and her daughter to live when she learned about New Phoebe House.
This is it, our adventure into the 21st century.