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 Hopeful Times: Summer 2009

The Stewart Care Challenge
The Stewarts

By Sharon Stewart

Plain and simple, these are tough economic times.  Everyone is affected, even non-profit agencies such as Hope Haven.  As many of you know, Hope Haven serves the needs of children and adults who are victims of rape and sexual abuse.  Hope Haven also offers support services for friends and family members of the victims.  These services are provided at no cost to the victims. Hope Haven serves Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, Jasper, and Allendale counties.

While the needed funds to provide the support services are decreasing, the requests for services are increasing.  Compared to last year, Hope Haven's client referrals have increased by 64%!  Providing the necessary counseling and treatment services to handle the additional clients has become a tremendous challenge.

How can we help? Counseling services for these victims of sexual assault and rape continues to be the greatest need. For $500, each of us can sponsor a child or an adult victim at Hope Haven to receive the appropriate and professional counseling which will lead to healing and recovery.  A full treatment consists of 16 sessions of evidence based therapy specifically designed for victims of trauma.  All Hope Haven clinicians have been trained through MUSC (Medical University of South Carolina) to deliver a specialized type of treatment that has a very high rate of success for abuse victims.  The 16 sessions amounts to $30 per session. 

The Challenge goal is to have 100 donors at the $500 level to sponsor counseling for the victims, for a total of $50,000. This will provide Hope Haven with a full-time therapist who will be able to provide treatment for at least 200 victims each year. 

Dick and I believe it is important to give back to the community in a meaningful manner.  We believe in helping make available opportunities to promote healthy and safe environments.  We believe and support the activities of Hope Haven.

Please join us in this challenge, providing Hope Haven the necessary funds so that these victims will become survivors. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Shauw Chin Capps, executive director at Hope Haven at 524-2256 or email at [email protected] or me at [email protected]. Many thanks for your consideration of participating in this challenge.

Sharon and Dick Stewart

P.S.  Please feel free to pass this challenge on to someone who may be in a position to help Hope Haven.  Also, feel free to "challenge" someone else to participate! If you ever know someone who may be in need of Hope Haven's services, do not hesitate to contact Hope Haven.

Project BEST

Poject Best logoThe Lower State Learning Collaborative on Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) is a learning project coordinated by Hope Haven of the Lowcountry and the Coastal Empire Community Mental Health Center. It is another phase of Project BEST, a 10-year state-wide initiative to dramatically increase the capacity of every community in South Carolina to deliver evidence-supported mental health treatments. 

The coordinating centers are the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center (the children's advocacy center in Charleston, SC) and the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (a division of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC).  The Lower State Collaborative involves mental health professionals from Allendale, Hampton, Jasper, Colleton, and Beaufort counties. The goal of the collaborative is to dramatically expand the TF-CBT-trained provider base to ensure that abused and traumatized children and their families in the southern-most counties of South Carolina receive effective, evidence-supported mental health services.
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5th Annual Lilies on the River

On Saturday, May 9, Hope Haven held the 5th annual Lilies on the River at Berkeley Hall Plantation Clubhouse.  This year's event honored Rene Wardle for her tremendous contributions to the community.  The weather was perfect, and the luncheon sold out yet again.  Attendees engaged in a bidding war for several silent auction items, swelling the amount raised to practically $7,000.00. 

Rene Wardle, honored for this year's event, with her son Bill Wardle.

Over 700 beautiful, fragrant lilies were released into the river in honor or memory of special women in the lives of those that purchased them.  This year's event was generously sponsored by Beaufort Memorial Hospital, MCAS Credit Union, Twengy & Twombly Law Firm, LLC.,  Eugene A. Rugala Associates, LLC., and Podiatry Associates of Beaufort and Bluffton.   Don't miss next year's Lilies on the River.  Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 14, 2010!

Hope Haven on the Evening News

Hope Haven was featured on the May 20 broadcast of the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric as part of an ongoing investigative report called "Children of the Recession." Original footage of the office and an interview with a Hope Haven client were broadcast nationally as part of an effort to promote awareness of the relationship between economic hardship and child abuse. To read the full CBS story, please click here. To view the video segment, please click here.
Op-Ed Piece Published by The State

On April 14, an editorial by Shauw Chin Capps entitled "The Connection Between Poverty and Child Abuse" was published on www.thestate.com, the website for South Carolina's largest newspaper. The piece offered startling new statistics on the rise in Hope Haven's caseload as compared to previous years and urged lawmakers to consider the increased risk for child abuse in their communities before trimming the state budget.

For an electronic copy of the editorial, please email [email protected].

Volunteer Training

Hope Haven is pleased to introduce our newest volunteers that recently completed the rigorous 25-hour training.  Catherine Anderson, Brittany Brown, Christine Ethier, Paula Graeb, Ilene Hull, Lois Roddy, Charles Tilton, and Sonya Williams.  These competent individuals have already served on call, worked in the office, and covered health fair events.  Welcome to each of you, and thanks for joining Hope Haven in its mission.

Our most recent Volunteer Training was held at the end of July.  Hope Haven Volunteers serve as hospital advocates to adult survivors of sexual assault, and are also trained to answer crisis calls from the 24-hour hotline. Experts in Law Enforcement, Counseling, and a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner will present information regarding working with sexual assault victims.  The 25 hour training also includes multimedia presentations, group discussions and role plays to equip volunteers with the skills necessary to help victims in crisis situations.

For more information about future volunteer trainings and how to get involved, call Jeanne Owens at (843) 524-2256 or email [email protected].


Board Member Spotlight

Silvia Lalinde was born in San Jose, Costa Rica, though her parents are both from Colombia, South America.  She moved to the United States when she was five after her father was offered a transfer in Charlotte, NC.  Silvia's  South American background remains with her as she is fluent in Spanish.  After graduating from high school, Silvia attended NC State University in Raleigh, NC, graduating with a B.S. in Environmental Sciences with an Ecology concentration.   

After graduating in 2002, she decided to move to the coast of SC and pursue a career in the sales industry.  After interviewing for a sales position in Beaufort, SC, she made the move in March of 2003.  While she did not know a single person in Beaufort, Silvia knew she would love living in Beaufort.  Silvia is now the Director of Marketing & Membership for the Dataw Island Club where many of her members have become like family to her.

What made you decide to be a board member of Hope Haven?

As a charter member of the Junior Service League of Beaufort, I began to get more and more involved with Hope Haven's annual Lilies on the River event.  In 2007, my role as Luncheon Committee chair for the event allowed me to learn more about Hope Haven and its mission, as well as develop a friendship with the Executive Director, Shauw Chin Capps.  After that, I was hooked!  I joined the Board and have since been "promoted" to the Fundraising Committee Chair.  We plan to continue planning Lilies on the River annually but are working on developing ideas to educate the community about Hope Haven and its work.

How do you think you can contribute to advancing Hope Haven's mission?

I find that when I talk about Hope Haven to friends/co-workers/Club members, many do not even know who we are!  It's amazing to me that so many other local non-profits that rely on Hope Haven for counseling and forensic interviewing are more well known in the community.  Through my involvement with Hope Haven, I hope to spread the word, particularly to the Dataw Island community.  Our members and residents are some of the most caring, generous and hard working folks around and hopefully, they will get to know Hope Haven better and understand its importance in our community. 

What would you like others in the community to know about Hope Haven and the important work we do?

Hope Haven has been flooded with calls, referrals and cases more so than ever before. They have experienced a 64% increase in their referrals compared to last year! Without the funds to employ counselors, forensic interviewers and family advocates, Hope Haven has to turn children and families away. That should NEVER have to happen.  It is imperative we all step back and realize that Hope Haven touches the lives of children and families and allows them to find hope, healing and a life free of the effects that the trauma of sexual abuse brings.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month & Child Abuse Prevention Month

Seventy percent of all reported sexual assaults occur to children.  Hope Haven marked this year's SAAM and CAPM by holding five community-wide child sexual abuse prevention workshops. It is never enough to expect children to protect themselves from child sexual abuse. Communities of adults must take responsibility for protecting the children among them.  Darkness to Light's Stewards of Children is a child sexual abuse prevention workshop for adults that gives participants the tools they need to recognize, react responsibly, and prevent incidences of abuse. Workshops were attended by a wide variety of community members: law enforcement officers, teachers, board members of Hope Haven, and hospice volunteers. If you would like to attend a Stewards workshop, please keep an eye out for upcoming trainings.  or call / email Jeanne Owens at 524-2256 / [email protected] to register.

Hope Haven Welcomes New Staff Members Rose Harrison and Kimberley Crawford

New Staffers

Rose Harriso
n, MA, LMHC, NCP, is a nationally-certified psychologist who previously worked in private practice in Indiana.  She received her Master's Degree in Psychology from the Adler Institute in Minnesota.  Rose has worked with clients from 4 to 80, specializing in working with survivors of trauma, including natural disasters, rape, sexual abuse, and physical and emotion abuse.  She has worked in various settings, including clinical, social service, and education. The Journal of Individual Psychology published an article by Rose on the subject of counseling survivors of childhood sexual abuse.  She has taught courses in psychology at Vincennes University, Ivy Technical College, and the University of South Carolina at Beaufort. Rose has presented workshops on Alderian Psychology, and Treatment of Abuse Victims.  She has also been a counselor of a "Teen Survivor Group" in an acute partial hospitalization program at Howard Community Hospital, and an Adult Survivor Group in the Sexual Violence Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Kimberly Crawford joins Hope Haven as the Executive Assistant to Shauw Chin Capps. Kimberly relocated to the Lowcountry from Southwest Florida, approximately 13 years ago, to accept her previous position as Director of Clubhouse Operations at a private golf community in Bluffton.   Kimberly has worked in the Hospitality Management field for over 25 years.  Her extensive experience in Hotel Management and Private Country Club Management lead her to receive her CCM designation in 2004. Kimberly is a native of Northern California with family that currently resides in that area.  She attended college in Santa Barbara, California and has lived, worked and traveled extensively throughout Western Europe, and taught English as a second language in Saint Petersburg, Russia.  She continues to mentor college students working toward their hospitality degree.
A Great Gift from Friends and Leaders, Pi Beta Phi
Pi Beta Phi

The Pi Beta Phi alumnae group of Hilton Head Island presented Hope Haven with a generous $1,000 gift at the luncheon at Lilies on the River. These ladies rose up to the challenge to ensure that every child and adult victim of sexual abuse receives proper treatment and services, even in the midst of these tough economic times.  


Shauw Shin Capps                Rose Harrison   
Executive Director                 Therapist        

John Baldasare                      Shirley Golden 
Clinical Program Mngr.           Therapist/Forensic  

Kimberley Crawford               Katie Ashburner
Executive Assistant               Project Best Site 
                                             Coord./Family Advocate

Jeanne Owens                       Vanessa Vasquez
Prevention Specialist/            Family Advocate      
Volunteer Coord.

Stephanie Dansky                  Mary Beth Hefner
Intake Coordinator                 Forensic Interviewer/

Board of Directors

Kim Statler                   David Ames
Chairman                    Chair Emeritus

William Presnell          Nancy Weber          Gloria Daly 
Vice Chair                   Treasurer                Secretary

Karl Twenge                          Alice Walton
Silvia Lalinde                        C. Juanita Graul
H. Glenn Neff                         W. Thomas Lohr
Court Babcock                        A. Gibson Solomons, III

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