Looking back is often an exercise in revisiting cherished memories or learning and growing from an experience. In the case of Give an Hour, as we begin the last quarter of our fiscal year, we are looking back by putting the finishing touches on our 2021 annual report. We encourage you to give it a read and see all that we accomplished during the past year. Who knows? You may even learn something new …
Route 91 Heals Takes Road Trip
Give an Hour’s SoCal Route 91 Heals program hit the road recently and visited with Route 91 Festival survivors in both San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. More than 40 survivors were able to connect with one another, county advocates and even therapy dogs. One survivor, Autumn, who was shot three times was able to reunite with Dozer, a therapy dog who worked alongside her through her recovery.
During this trip, the Give an Hour team was able to support and remember those who were lost by visiting the following memorials: Hannah Ahlers (Redlands), Angela Gomez (Riverside) and the Victims Memorial Wall (Riverside).
Team members gave an overview of the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center and they provided an update on the planning of the 1 October Memorial Committee regarding the the permanent memorial in Las Vegas. Integral to the road trip was assistance from the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center, Riverside County and the San Bernardino district attorney’s office.
Give an Hour Provides Free Educational Opportunities to Network Providers
Enhancing the District’s Response to Trauma is a Give an Hour program committed to addressing the needs of trauma victims in Washington, D.C., in partnership with the District of Columbia Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants.
Just like the program is committed to this particular population, Give an Hour is committed to offering free educational opportunities to its network of providers, enabling them to be better equipped and more confident in their treatment and implementation of trauma skills for their clients.
Through EDRT, upcoming course selections include:
- Anti-Racism Training for Mental Health Professionals
Presented by: A Call to Men
- The Young Adult Black Male: Meeting Him at the Intersection of Race and Trauma
Presented by: Chandra Dawson, LISW, LCSW of the Macro Project
For more information on a specific educational opportunity, please click the respective link above.
Warrior Book Club Boasts Successful Run
Give an Hour recently concluded its second virtual conversation for network providers led by Shauna “Doc” Springer, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist and renowned mental health professional known for her work with the active-duty military and veteran communities. Network providers learned strategies they can apply in their own practices with military and veteran patients. More than 120 Give an Hour providers from across the country took advantage of this learning opportunity.
Each participant received a copy of Springer’s best-selling book, “WARRIOR: How to Support Those Who Protect Us,” and learned how:
- to build trust across a cultural divide
- warriors build trust in other contexts
- to help warriors with survivor’s guilt, moral injuries and grief from losing military brothers and sisters
Successful completion of both seminars earned participants two hours of continuing education units.
In order to take advantage of these opportunities, become a network provider.
Healing with HOPE: unMASKing the Hurt Caused by Sexual Assault
Give an Hour presents a FREE webinar on APRIL 20 in conjunction with the upcoming documentary unMASKing HOPE, which is slated for release October 2022.
Please join us as sexual assault survivors share their stories and a panel of mental health experts and providers offer resources for healing. Register here.
Strengthen Your Body and Mind
This May we challenge you to find the ONE thing that makes you feel strong and reinforces the connection we have between our emotional and physical health for a more resilient you. Soon, we will share a link with more information. Mark your calendar to join us next month!
Experts Reveal Secrets to Making Healthy Habits Stick
Join Give an Hour for a FREE webinar on MAY 10. To achieve complete health, we must strive for a balanced life. We must continually build and strengthen our fitness triad. When we take responsibility for our own health and strengthen any two sides of our fitness triad, the third will naturally be motivated to follow. Register here.
IN OTHER NEWS …
Give an Hour recently gained two new ambassadors, Dr. Celestine LaVan and Mary-Ella Majetich. Celeste earned her doctoral degree in educational leadership from Liberty University and considers herself a servant leader passionate about advocating for marginalized and underserved populations. As a Navy veteran, she understands the importance of the socio-emotional well-being of military families. Mary-Ella is a mom, wife and advocate. She became a nurse to care for a son with special needs and later her husband who was severely injured in combat. She is completing her program to become a nurse practitioner and is an Elizabeth Dole Fellow. Stay tuned to learn more about these ambassadors and their work in upcoming publications.
The Give an Hour leadership team met up in Raleigh, North Carolina to get a head start on planning for the next fiscal year. Not only did they strategize programming and budget, they also took some time to focus on team-building exercises that prioritize mental health as they strengthen their relationships in an effort to practice authenticity and instill the same values within the employee culture.
Military, Vets, Providers Benefit from Mental Health Grant
Veterans United Foundation commits to another year of funding for Give an Hour.
Alexion Charitable Foundation Awards Give an Hour Grant Offering Hope and Healing
Rare disease caregivers receive mental health boost.
IN THE NEWS
KFROG 95.1 Podcast Features Give an Hour’s “Route 91 Heals” Program
KNBC: Route 91 Heals Spring Survivor Gathering 2022
Military Times.com: 7 Ways to Boost Mental Health for Military Families Amid Helpless Feelings in Ukrainian Crisis
A Caregiver’s Journey: One Voice Speaking for Many
Give an Hour ambassador, Shawn Moore, shares her journey as a caregiver.
The Sky is the Limit for Women at Give an Hour
Learn how Give an Hour CEO and chief operations officer lead by example.
Give an Hour Celebrates Volunteers in April
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Social “Disruptors” Strive to Make World a Better Place
Give an Hour participates in movement to make big impact.
Give an Hour Volunteer Shares Her Story
Volunteer offers insight and tips into how to support causes important to you.
Month of the Military Child Reveals Ups, Downs of Military Life
Embrace the ups and downs of military life for the children of parents who serve our country.