Domestic Violence Crisis Center
May 29, 2010
After going through the training and certification program for DVCC (which is very emotional on so many levels -- from despair to an overwhelming sense of hope) I knew I wanted to be involved in a pro-active program within DVCC. I was encouraged to look into the community educational programs and immediately focused on the childrens' program -- reaching out to children in nursery school (yes, nursery school 3 and 4 year olds) thru second graders! The program is Stop Take 5 and Think ... and utilizies puppets! I was a puppeteer and loved every moment of the experience. The children understood angry feelings and hurt feelings and were eager to problem solve and come up with positive solutions rather than using hurtful words or fists. They also realize that there are consequences for hurting someone on the inside with words just as severe as the child who may hurt someone on the outside by hitting. The program proves that children are capable of empathy, know right from and wrong and truly are honest, helpful and loving at their core. The program is available to all schools within our community. Schools invite us back year after year and the children remember us and the lesson we leave them with even though it may 12 months later from our last visit! I am very passionate about this program and believe it is critical to childhood development.
I moved out of the country two years ago and have lobbied very hard to bring this program my adopted home because I know the good that this program is capable of within a community.
Additonally their PeaceWorks and e-voices newsletter are a welcome and creative addition to the Center!
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
please see above comments.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
being able to work with children (especially my nephews and their classmates) in the schools in my community -- by teaching them to understand and believe in the importance of respectful behavior especially when a disagreement arises.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
Helpful, compassionate and professional!
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
offer the community educational programs to every grade in every school in our community rather than in just the schools that have a budget for our services.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every month
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & I was a puppeteer within the community educational programs for children in nursery school thru second grade.