Thanksgiving Healing Club

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Every month SURVIVORS holds a Healing Club for clients to meet one another, engage in a therapeutic activity, and build community. Clients often express their desire to learn about American traditions, including Thanksgiving. SURVIVORS has hosted a Thanksgiving Healing Club for several years, sharing and celebrating the historical account of newcomers being welcomed to this land. For many clients, the …

Kari Medina’s Thoughts on the October Healing Club

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Kari Medina is a social work intern at SURVIVORS. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at San Diego State University. At SURVIVORS Kari assists Cassie Murray, clinical case manager, with case management. Kari attended the October Healing Club with clients, staff, and volunteer drivers. Here are her observations… “Being part of the October Healing Club was such …

Client Non-Perishable Food Wish List

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SURVIVORS’ clients have expressed much appreciation for the non-perishable food items available in our kitchen for the past few months. Some asylum seeking clients are here for long hours for a psychological or medical evaluation, many clients stay in the office between appointments and group therapy, and clients often come just to be in a place where they feel safe. They love having food …

Time to (Re)-Register Your Support for SURVIVORS at Ralphs!

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  SURVIVORS is registered with Ralphs’ Community Contribution Program. If you shop at Ralphs and you register as a supporter of SURVIVORS, Ralphs will contribute to the organization every time you make a purchase. It’s an easy way to help heal torture survivors and it doesn’t cost you a thing! If you’re already registered with Ralphs as a SURVIVORS supporter; …

My Summer with Refugee Youth

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This is a guest blog by SURVIVORS’ contractor Rachel Mahoney.   This summer I had the privilege and pleasure of working as a SURVIVORS contractor on the Refugee School Impact Grant (RSIG) program.  RSIG is an initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement’s (ORR) to integrate and support newly arrived refugee families …

Sharing Sweet Customs

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Food brings people together and sweets are a delight to people all over the world. Different cultures have their own versions of how to make and serve desserts. At SURVIVORS, the staff, volunteers, and clients are always excited when someone brings in a new treat to try. This week a client from Somalia brought in some halwa for everyone to try. He …

Volunteer Spotlight: Sandy Fernandez

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SURVIVORS works extensively with volunteers to maximize funding and services to clients. From 2012 – 2015 we had over 400 short-term and long-term volunteers including 33 dedicated long-term administrative and program support volunteers who, together, contributed approximately 48 hours per month for a total of 1,728 hours during the past three years. Activities ranged from newsletter folding, to hygiene drives, …

Statement by President Obama on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

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Originally from: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/06/26/statement-president-international-day-support-victims-torture   On June 26, 2016 – the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture – President Obama issued this statement to the nation. “Today marks the 29th anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Convention Against Torture. This is a day to affirm the United States’ abiding commitment to achieve a world …

Volunteer Spotlight: Taylor Zerby

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SURVIVORS works extensively with volunteers to maximize funding and services to clients. From 2012 – 2015 we had over 400 short-term and long-term volunteers including 33 dedicated long-term administrative and program support volunteers who, together, contributed approximately 48 hours per month for a total of 1,728 hours during the past three years. Activities ranged from newsletter folding, to hygiene drives, …