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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

40th-anniversary-tvh-logoTri-Valley Haven works all year long to raise awareness about domestic violence, but each October we make a special effort to get the community involved in our efforts because that is national Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

For nineteen years, we have kicked off the month on the first Saturday in October with our Pace for Peace, a 5K/10K walk-run in Livermore. The Pace began as a modest effort that would draw about thirty staff members and volunteers who collected pledges to raise funds as well as awareness. We were thrilled when the first Pace raised over $1,000. Over the years the event has grown to attract serious runners and families with their children and pets, who learn about our agency and support our mission with their registration fees as well as our own family of staff, volunteers and individual and corporate supporters who continue to collect pledges. This year was our most successful Pace for Peace ever, with more than 280 registered participants, and pledges and registration fees that netted over $15,000 to support our programs.carolyn-iphone-photo-dump-october-2012-1054

Please join us as we close out the month’s activities on Friday, October 21, when we gather in Pleasanton for our annual Candlelight March. We will meet at 7:00 p.m. at Civic Park at Main Street and Bernal in Pleasanton. Candles and glow sticks will be provided to participants. We will march to the old Pleasanton Hotel and back with our Tri-Valley Haven banner and handouts with our contact information for interested onlookers. When we return to Civic Park, there will be refreshments for all and recognition for the graduates of our recent 65-hour training class for volunteers.

Your support in breaking the silence is critical to ending the cycle of domestic violence. Together we build a world without violence.

 

Vicki Thompson

Director of Domestic Violence Services

Support Tri-Valley Haven on #GivingTuesday

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As you eat delicious home-cooked food and give thanks with your loved ones on Thanksgiving, Tri-Valley Haven will be answering our 24-hour toll-free crisis line. Families will celebrate the holiday in our domestic violence and homeless shelters. Our staff and volunteers will provide vital shelter and support services to families in need.

Tri-Valley Haven (TVH) offers advocacy for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and homelessness year-round. Tri-Valley Haven is often the one safe place they can turn for support. Sadly, there are too many families who are experiencing violence during the holiday season.

Turkey DinnerThroughout the year, we encourage our wonderful, local community to envision a world without violence. Our staff organizes events to spread awareness, such as Candlelight Marches for Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October and Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, our Clothesline Project in April, and Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month in February. We also collaborate with other local agencies that are also committed to building a world without violence.

Tri-Valley Haven raises awareness in the local middle schools and high schools, and our staff talks to our youth about healthy relationships and dating violence throughout the school year. Many of the students we speak with have witnessed abuse – in their lives, on their campus, through the media – but they’ve never had the opportunity to discuss what healthy relationships look like or what strategies to employ to stay safe. We practice these strategies with Livermore, Pleasanton, and Dublin youth and our surveys show that over 90% of the students learn tools to prevent bullying and dating abuse. We believe building a world without violence includes stopping violence before it begins.

In these difficult economic times, we are facing the double challenge of trying to meet a larger-than-ever demand for our services, at the same time that funding sources are dwindling. Recently we lost all federal and state funding for our youth education programs due to a cut in California funding. Yet teachers continue to request our presence in local middle schools and high schools, because our classes work. Our holiday program has signed up 1,000 more individuals than it did last year, but the funding for this program has gone down.

GT-STD-Web-Banner_250x250As a non-profit organization, we would not be able to provide these services without your generous support. We are so grateful for our Tri-Valley community. Your generosity has kept our doors open, kept our crisis line operating and given thousands upon thousands of families a safe place to go. Your donations have been critical through the years, but now more than ever we need your support.

Next Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 is #Giving Tuesday. After giving thanks on Thanksgiving and getting deals on Black Friday, this is the opportunity to begin a new tradition of giving!

Tri-Valley Haven asks you to envision a world without violence – and consider giving back on #GivingTuesday, December 2nd, next week. Together we will build a more peaceful society – one person, one family, one community at a time.

Visit our website at www.trivalleyhaven.org to donate.

Thank you!

 

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