Hazael Haven News

What you don’t know about teen dating violence can hurt you or someone you love

In a 2011 survey on Youth Risk Behavior, the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) in Atlanta revealed that “9.4 percent of high school students reported being hit, slapped or physically hurt by their boyfriend or girlfriend.”  Few teenage victims of dating violence are willing to talk about it even with their peers. Students at one Philadelphia elementary school may be the exception following a presentation on “Dating Violence 101” by Hazael Haven education coordinators last December.

Male and female students at the William D. Kelley School welcomed an open dialogue to discuss their concerns about dating violence. Hazael Haven education coordinator Brady Goodwin stressed with male students the importance of character and treating their female peers like they would their mothers.

“Dating Violence 101” was so well received by students and staff that we are returning to the Kelly school in February to continue this series, including a discussion on “Human Trafficking 101.” To learn more about teen dating violence, we recommend this publication from the CDC.

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 Volunteer Update: We are growing

Hazael Haven is excited to share that the Lord has been answering our prayer regarding volunteers.  Our effort to attract and recruit highly skilled and dedicated persons to help us carry out our mission has resulted in these our newest volunteers joining with us:

Community Educators: Brady Goodwin, Jamila Jefferson, and Raven Wilkerson

Editor: Carolyn Johnson

Accountant: Janaki Narayanswamy

Web Designer:  Bijiek Jieknual

Youth Ambassador: Siani Williams

Grant Writer:  Susan Reagan

Program Manager:  Valerie Bolton

Hazael Haven is grateful for the gifts each brings to our team.

From the Director – Your continuing support is needed

As the New Year begins, we reflect on 2013 and are grateful for your financial support.  Hazael Haven is continuing to raise money for our pilot project, which will provide housing for up to three families for 6 months until they can transition to independent living.  This is a critical need for victims of domestic violence because emergency shelters only provide support for 30 days. In addition to housing, Hazael Haven will provide individual/family counseling, support groups, safety planning, and spiritual support. Our goal is to raise $250,000.

In 2011, 7,000 women and children experiencing domestic violence were turned away from emergency shelter in our city. Last year about 9,000 were turned away. Hazael Haven is dedicated to alleviating this problem in the community with the help of our supporters. Your tax-deductible donation will bring us closer to our goal of providing women and children a safe haven from domestic violence. If you are not able to donate, we urge you to pray, volunteer, and spread the word. One innovative way you can support us is through social media.  If you have any inquiries regarding our organization, our fund management policy, or the project itself, please feel free to contact us at the address given below or at hazaelhaven@gmail.com.

Jenny Delacruz

Founder and Director

Hazael Haven, Inc.

P.O. Box 19204

Philadelphia, Pa 19143

(267) 291-4558