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Finding Our Voices
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FOV is an incredible help with the healing process!

Hi there,

My name is Michelle, and I'm new to the 2021 FOV Board of Directors. In high school I wasn't the best at advanced math but I do enjoy numbers, so the position of Treasurer was an easy one to accept. Most times I'm a more behind-the-scenes presence, but during an event I'm pretty easy to spot. I'll be the one with green hair. Or blue. Or pink. It changes, so when you meet me it could be any one (or several) of those. Living in Colorado has allowed me to become more expressive compared to the area where I grew up.

 

As much as I would love to claim that I'm a native, I am originally from Pennsylvania. Most people don't understand my reference to Billy Joel's song Allentown, but that's where I spent almost 30 years of my life. If I start to talk about shoo fly pie, haluski, pierogies, most people are baffled. It's the food of my childhood and isn't available out here. My background/degree is in Culinary Arts, so I'm always willing to discuss food of all sorts.

 

I discovered Finding Our Voices in early 2020 and at first, felt that I didn't fit the mold for a survivor. I had these new memories that surfaced, and wasn't entirely sure how to work through them. The art workshop October 2020 was life-changing for me. I wrote for the first time in 16 years, and out of that workshop our weekly writing group was born. It may be strange to then turn around and say I don't have the words to describe it, but really...I don't. All I can convey is that the writing group, the art workshops, all the activities I've participated in during the last year have done more for my healing process than all the other cognitive-type therapies combined. The gratitude I feel towards this organization and the fellow board members who guide and shape our mission is just tremendous. If you're reading this, chances are you feel the same way. Thank you for taking the time to get to know me a little bit more.
- Michelle Herr


You'll want to register for these events!


Denim Art Workshop
Sunday, June 13th, 2021
1:00 to 4:00
at Cottonwood Center for the Arts


You are invited to be a part of a very special art workshop. You will be designing your own denim and making posters using fabric paints, poster paints, and other embellishments.
Participants will hear the story of why denim is the international symbol against sexual assault. Your denim creation could be a personal symbol of empowerment as well as a symbol of solidarity for all survivors of sexual abuse.
You may even become inspired to Make a Social Statement by joining FOV in wearing our denim creations to our upcoming Denim Day Show!




Denim Day Show
July 29th, 2021
12:00 to 1:00 pm
at the Pioneer Museum lawn downtown


Help FOV bring awareness to our community about sexual assault through a denim show. Models, (made up of FOV participants, Board Members, and others in our community) will display their denim as a symbol against sexual violence while the MC will speak, replacing myths of sexual assault with facts.
FOV is also in need VOLUNTEERS to help set up and organize this event. Please send us an email if you are interested in helping!




Survivor Sisterhood Retreat
August 20th - 22nd, 2021
Building Resiliency Within Our Hearts


Join us for a weekend of
healing together in a serene, beautiful setting outside Woodland Park. Go to
findingourvoices.org for more information and stay tuned for more details on this event!

 
Finding Our Voices
May Art Workshop
Transformative Collage
Collage/Painting


This project was an incredible process led by Kim Griffis, who we are so grateful for!

Participants were given thick paper to paint and tear apart which was then glued onto a painted canvas to create something new. The process of tearing the paper and reassembling in a new way was very powerful for participants and amazing for participants to then witness what was created by others in the workshop as well.

This workshop was a great reminder that we are more than the sum of what has happened to us in life.

 
 



Healing and getting HELP is so Important for survivors!

There are helpful resources listed below for you.
You don't have to suffer alone or in silence.
There are more resources to be found on our website.


*Note that there may be some changes due to precautions for Covid*
If you visit a resource's web page or call them
They can inform you of any changes to their services at this time

 


 

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP is the largest, oldest and most active support group for women and men wounded by religious and institutional authorities (priests, ministers, bishops, deacons, nuns, coaches, teachers, and others).

Victims Advocate Line:
1-720-508-6003

Learn more at the link below:

https://www.snapnetwork.org/

“In a futile attempt to erase our past, we deprive the community of our healing gift. If we conceal our wounds out of fear and shame, our inner darkness can neither be illuminated nor become a light for others." --Brennan Manning

CCASA - The Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault, works statewide to support issues that impact survivors of sexual violation.

CCASA works in the capitol to support legislation for survivors, they produce literature in English and Spanish for survivors, and provide free online webinars.

High suicide rates in Colorado and in El Paso County in particular, make information about this free support vitally important to survivors.

Email updates from CCASA are free, simply sign up online on their homepage found

HERE
TESSA

Provides a 24-hour confidential safe line, counseling, legal aid, programming for children, and outreach programs and presentations in the community, as well as their Safehouse, for victims of domestic and sexual violence.

https://www.tessacs.org/
WINGS

For the past 30 years, WINGS Foundation, Inc. has provided support services, advocacy, and education to adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse throughout Colorado.

Though based out of Denver, there are support groups that meet regularly via zoom for those in other locations. You can contact WINGS in order to join a support group.

http://www.wingsfound.org/
SUICIDE PREVENTION SERVICES

Colorado Crisis Services

or text "TALK" to 38255

IF THIS IS A LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCY, PLEASE CALL 911

 

Suicide Prevention Connection Group • No Cost • Mondays at 7pm

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Your Donations Help Make Healing Art Workshops Possible for
Survivors of Sexual Assault and their Allies
THANK YOU!

 
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Phone:  (719) 660-3125

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