2018 In Review
Teen Prevention Program – This 10-week program, which took place in February at the Learn4Life facilities in Panorama City and Van Nuys, focused on teen dating, the prevention of violence and knowing the signs of an unhealthy relationship. We plan on extending the event into 2019 due to its resounding success. In addition, we are in the beginning stages of planning a fair for teens and families in February 2019 that will focus on prevention, teen empowerment, and various topics on domestic violence.
Knockout Domestic Violence (fundraiser) – Our 2nd annual Spring Comedy fundraiser took place in March and attracted 200 attendees. This night of light and laughter was hosted by Wendy Hammers and raised over $27,000 for our programs and services. More photos from the event can be found on our Facebook page.
Children Summer Program– We held our first Summer Camp which took place for 6 weeks from June-July. Kids in our programs participated in physical fitness (yoga, zumba & dance), art activities (pictured left), and finished with an off-site field trip to Big Heart Ranch in Malibu (pictured right).
Housing Navigator – For survivors fleeing domestic violence, the most pressing, immediate need is a safe home. Yet given the lack of affordable housing in the city and county of Los Angeles, that need extends past a stay in our emergency shelter or transitional housing program. To better service this pressing need, Haven Hills has added a Housing Navigator to its staff. Our Housing Navigator, Princess (pictured above), is a case manager that assesses, coordinates and monitors housing plans for clients in all three of our programs. Her job is to advocate with landlords, homeless service providers and housing partners to find clients permanent and stable housing once they leave our facilities.
Life Skills – We developed a new Life Skills Curriculum that provides clients with life skills in budgeting, self- care, healthy eating and much more! This new program has given clients the tools they need to be self-reliant and successfully transition out of abusive relationships. Topics of the workshops have included: self-care, meal preparation, mindfulness, housing, and financial literacy.
Art Group – Art can help our clients express their emotions, helping them to deal with the trauma they have endured. The pictures above share some of the art projects our clients have created over the past year.
Drag Queen Bingo (fundraiser) – Our fall fundraiser took place during Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). This sold-out event was a huge success with over 140 people in attendance! The money we raised will help support our programs and services. More photos from the event can be found on our Facebook page.
Teen Program – Responding to the growing numbers of teens in our shelter and outreach programs, we have developed Teen Groups to give teens a safe space in which to discuss their current fears and concerns. Not only will teens deal with the trauma they have experienced, but they will gain the skills to develop healthy relationships.