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2017 Fundraising Breakfast Cancelled

We cannot, in good conscience, devote the time, money, and people-power necessary to putting on a fundraiser when our communities need that time, money, and people-power for far more pressing needs. Thank you so much for standing by us with this decision, which is made on behalf of our entire community of Sonoma County.

We hope to reschedule this event in the spring of 2018, once we know what the long-term impacts of this firestorm will be on our clients and on our community as a whole. In the meantime, please remember if you need absolutely anything from our team, please reach out and ask for help. We are here for you.

Read our letter here.

If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please email us at info@ourverity.org or call us at 707-545-7270. Thank you for making Sonoma County’s community as strong as it is!

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Resources for Fire Volunteers and Evacuees

First of all, we do hope that you and those you love are safe and sound. All Verity staff members and their families are safe as of now, although a few have had to evacuate. Our building on Piner Road is still standing and in good condition, especially considering the wreckage in the area. The rest of our neighborhood is bleak and burnt, and rebuilding isn’t going to be easy. We will not be returning to the office this week, but our staff who are able to are visiting evacuation centers and volunteering all over the county to make sure there is no lapse in services.

Our crisis line is (707) 545-7273. Even if you need to process the trauma of this disaster, unrelated to sexual violence, we are here to listen.

If you would like to request an in-person visit to a specific place, please email us at info@ourverity.org to request an advocate visit. If you know of a specific place that needs more volunteerpower, please also reach out to info@ourverity.org and we will try to get some of our peoplepower out there.

You can check our Facebook page for the most updated resources for volunteering and resources, and please feel free to comment or message us on that platform to get a hold of us.

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The Redwood Empire Food Bank needs a lot of volunteerpower and financial support. If you’d like to volunteer, call 707.523.7900 first to make sure they still need your help.
From their website: 

In order for us to continue meeting the existing need and increase our provision of help, we need your support.

Two ways to help right now:
  1. Make a financial donation. We have the capacity to increase the amount of food we provide to the community – we just need the financial resources to make this possible.
  2. Bring food donations to the REFB right now. We are in dire need of ready-to-eat, non-perishable foods that we can provide to the evacuation centers immediately. These foods should be easy to open and easy to eat – many shelters do not have kitchens for heating and preparing food. Please do not bring glass containers.
    Please note, the off-ramp at Airport Blvd. is currently closed in both directions. To get to our facility, please take the Shiloh Road exit heading west, take a left on Skylane Blvd., until you meet Airport Blvd. again. Our address is 3990 Brickway Blvd., Santa Rosa, CA

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Petaluma People’s Services also needs volunteerpower answering phones and coordinating potential housing for victims of the fire. Their address is at 1500A Petaluma Blvd South, Petaluma, CA 94952.  Please call them at (707) 765-8488 to make sure they still need volunteers before heading over.

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The material needs of the shelters in Petaluma change constantly. If you have things to donate, please hold onto them for another day or so. Supplies are surely going to need to be replenished, but shelters only have so much room. Please continue to check this living Google Document with updating lists of resources available and needs from the community. 

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We have support systems all over the state and country. Rape Trauma Services of San Mateo County is helping staff our crisis line; they have access to the same list of resources that we give our new Crisis Line Volunteers, and are staffing our line 24/7 so that we have more agency to go be out in the field, in evacuation centers, meeting with clients, and going with survivors to the hospital and law enforcement interviews.
The Crisis Call Center in Nevada is also offering to help anyone who is in crisis: they have a 24/7 crisis line that you are welcome to call 775-784-8090. If you’d prefer to text, they have a text line. Text the word “Listen” to 839863 to be connected to someone. From the Center:

“We won’t have access phone numbers to the local services, shelters and such in Santa Rosa but we can help anyone that may be feeling overwhelmed or are feeling heightened levels of anxiety and talk with them through their crisis until they are feeling stronger. We can google services for them if needed. We are a confidential crisis line and a safe place to talk. If our call room staff or volunteers are all on the phones any call that comes in will roll over to the national suicide hotlines which is 1800-273-8255 – they help people experiencing trauma too… not just those feeling suicidal. Sending healing thoughts to everyone at Verity and all of those touched by the fires.”

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Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Verity if there’s anything we can do to support you through this trying time.
We are so thankful for the resilience of this community.

Verity staff has been all over the county connecting with survivors and volunteering to help evacuees.

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Verity’s Annual Staff Retreat

Last Friday, Verity was closed while our staff went out on a staff retreat in Windsor and Healdsburg! Our wonderful volunteers (wo)manned the crisis line so that we could have an uninterrupted day of visioning and relaxing.

We discussed our visions for and reflections of Verity outside on the Windsor Town Green, then went over to kayak down the river thanks to Russian River Adventures! Great days like these help revitalize our staff while also reminding us of what an amazing county we live in and serve.

 

All of the Verity staff are ready, able, and willing to serve all survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones, and we are committed to working together as a team to provide holistic services to everyone we come across.

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Help Verity Outreach!

Verity staff members, Board members, and volunteers are pretty amazing, but even they can’t be everywhere! That’s why we need your help.

We have created two simple yet eye-catching posters (one in English and another in Spanish) with our crisis line’s number and our logo on them, and we need your help distributing them.

Will you post a handful of these posters in your community?

Next time you’re at your favorite cafe, tack a poster up on the community bulletin board. If your workplace has a break room, hang one up there. If your church, synagogue, mosque, or other place of worship has a space for community fliers, make sure Verity is on display! If you attend or work at a school or college campus, hang up as many as you can wherever you can!

You can download the English poster here and the Spanish poster here. If you want us to print them and mail you a few, please email a mailing address to communications@ourverity.org and we’ll send them out the next business day.

Thank you for helping to spread the word about Verity’s services!

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Crianza con Su Niño(a) Después de un Trauma

Crianza con Su Niño(a) Después de un Trauma

un grupo mensual para padres y cuidadores

Los niños necesitan apoyo adicional después de experimentar el trauma de abuso sexual, y es posible que se desarrollen comportamientos y emociones difíciles.  Los padres y cuidadores también necesitan apoyo e información para cuidar a sus niños, sus familias, y a si mismos.

Este grupo mensual de habilidades y apoyo para padres y cuidadores enfrentará:

  • Las reacciónes emocionales, psycológicas, y de comportamiento que tienen los niños con frequencia después de experimentar un trauma, y como apoyar a su niño/a en lidiar con esos.
  • Lidiando con el trauma vicario de saber del abuso de su niño/a.
  • Como hablar con su niño/a sobre el abuso sexual y la seguridad, en una manera apropriado para su edad.
  • Estratégias de crianza positiva
  • Conectandose con recursos y con la comunidad

Apoyándole a su niño/a en su proceso de sanar del trauma puede ser agobiante.  La ayuda está a su alcanze, usted no está solo/a.  Unase a nosotros el 17 de Agosto de 4:00pm-5:00pm en la oficina prinical de Verity- 835 Piner Rd. Edifico D- para este grupo mensual sin costo.  Llame al 707-545-7270 para inscribirse.

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Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Trauma

Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Trauma

a monthly skills and support group for parents and caregivers

Children who have experienced the trauma of sexual abuse need extra support, and may develop challenging behaviors and emotions.  Parents and caregivers also need support and guidance to nurture their children, families, and themselves.

This monthly skills and support group for parents and caregivers will address:

  • Common emotional, behavioral, and psychological reactions children have to experiencing trauma, and how to support you child in coping with them.
  • Coping with the vicarious trauma of learning about your child’s abuse
  • How to talk to your child about sexual abuse and safety in an age appropriate way.
  • Positive parenting strategies
  • Connecting with resources and community

Supporting your child through healing from trauma can feel overwhelming.  Help is available, you are not alone.  Join us August 17th from 4:00-5:00pm at the Verity main office (835 Piner Road, Suite D) for this free monthly group.  Please call 707-545-7270 to sign up.

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Thank you, Santa Rosa Quilt Guild!

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