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 Hopeful Times: Fall/Winter 2009

Our Holiday Appeal
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The drawing above was done during a therapy session at Hope Haven by a beautiful and resilient 10-year old girl who was repeatedly and brutally raped by an adult caregiver. On top of the abuse she endured, this little girl was orphaned by the death of her father. She has had to face many obstacles on her journey to recovery. In spite of tragedy, her story is one of hope, healing and perseverance. The continual love and support from a new family coupled with the support that Hope Haven provides has helped her overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. She has been given back the ability to regain a sense of love, trust and family and is being provided a hope filled future.
There are hundreds of stories like this one that have come through Hope Haven's doors this year. We have seen a 50 percent increase in our referrals. It's a daunting task trying to serve so many more victims with a 20% cut in our budget. As you plan your holiday giving, we humbly ask you to consider supporting Hope Haven, so those in need of hope may experience healing.
If you are able to make a donation now, please click here.
May you experience peace during the holiday season and hope throughout the new year.
Volunteer Training

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Please join us in welcoming our newest volunteers who recently completed the 25 hour volunteer training.  Congratulations to Anastasia Jenkins, Elize Brooks, Sheila Hollander, Mandy Abbott, Bobbie Jo Sherman, Deborah McGann, Tiffane Forester, Harriet Grayson, Dina Hall, Sandee Voedisch, and Frances Ferrene!  Hope Haven is very lucky to have the opportunity to be joined by such a passionate and energetic group of individuals.  We look forward to working with each of you. 
Our next scheduled volunteer training will begin January 25, 2010. If you are interested in volunteering, please call Jeanne Owens at 524-2256 or email her at hope5@islc.net to begin the application process.

Hope Haven of the Lowcountry
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P.O. Box 2502
Beaufort, SC 29901-2502
Tel (843) 524-2256
Crisis Hotline (800) 637-7273


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New Program Announcement

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Executive Director, Shauw Chin Capps, and MOST Club Facilitator, Jamie Flemming, attended three days of core training from Men Can Stop Rape (MCSR) in New York in preparation for the implementation of two MOST Clubs in two schools in Beaufort. Pictured alongside are Kedrick Griffin, Director of Community Education (MCSR), Neil Irvin, Vice President of Programs (MCSR), and Joseph Vess, Director of Training and Technical Assistant (MCSR). 

At Hope Haven and other rape crisis centers across the country, experts are reconsidering efforts to prevent rape by engaging the male community in new ways. Historically, the violence prevention movement has focused its efforts on teaching victims how to prevent the crime.  Most men will never be rapists and the vast majority of men can and do stand up against this heinous crime. However, more than 90 percent of reported rapes are committed by men. It is clear that men must be part of the solution if we are ever going to reduce the frequency of rape and sexual abuse in our area.  

Hope Haven has joined hands with two other local agencies that deal directly with victims of
rape, domestic violence and child abuse, Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse (CODA) and the Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA), to form a collective partnership with Men Can Stop Rape (MCSR). MCSR is a national organization that seeks to address the root causes of rape and stop assaults before they occur. Through a variety of programs such as the Men of Strength (MOST) Club, MCSR mobilizes male youth to prevent violence against women by building the capacity of young men to challenge harmful aspects of traditional masculinity, value alternative visions of male strength and embrace their vital role as allies with women and girls in fostering healthy relationships and gender equity. Two local schools have launched their own chapters of the MOST Club this school year, thanks to the efforts of their principals, Dr. Dan Durbin of Beaufort High School and Terry Bennett of Lady's Island Middle School.
These efforts play a critical preventative role in reducing the number of rapes by creating new advocates against rape and its underlying causes inside our community. With the assistance of these organizations as well as the generous local funding from the Wardle Family Foundation and United Way of the Lowcountry, a true prevention movement has begun in the Lowcountry that will affect long-term, sustainable change.


Shauw Shin Capps                John Baldasare
Executive Director                 Therapist         

Shirley Golden                     Mary Beth Hefner
Therapist/Forensic                Therapist/Forensic
Interviewer                            Interviewer

Kimberley Crawford               Katie Ashburner
Executive Assistant               Project Best Site Coord/ 
                                             Victim Svcs Coord

Jeanne Owens                       Vanessa Vasquez
Director of Prevention/           Family Advocate       
Outreach Services 

Stephanie Dansky                  Christene Smith
Intake Coordinator                 Family Advocate
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