When CODA and Hope Haven merged on January 1, 2017, we were filled with optimism about what we could achieve together. We aspired to provide more holistic services for families impacted by violence and abuse, to amplify our voice in support of survivors and to enhance awareness and prevention efforts. Five years in, global pandemic notwithstanding, we have had much success bringing these aspirations to fruition.
In 2021 alone, we assisted 1,232 local survivors of child abuse, domestic violence and/or sexual assault to find hope and healing. Additionally, we provided education and training to nearly 2,000 youth, community members and professionals regarding identifying, responding to and preventing violence and abuse.
This report is just a glimpse of what our amazing team of dedicated staff and volunteers accomplished and the many ways in which our clients moved toward healing. Even though our job is far from easy – our clients have the harder job. It takes so much courage to reach out for help and so much strength to move forward.
Hopeful Horizons’ staff have shared these sentiments that speak to their belief in and commitment to supporting survivors:
“I am grateful to be her advocate.”
“I’m honored to be trusted by callers who are taking positive steps into a new part of their lives. No matter how many times one person calls, I’m always proud of their bravery.”
“Helping victims of domestic violence realize their value, self-worth and gain their independence back is the most rewarding part of my job. When a survivor of abuse understands that they and their children deserve to be happy, they are empowered for the rest of their lives and they can achieve all of their goals.”
Five years in, we have so much to be proud of – and so much to be thankful for. In the midst of this pandemic, we still look for hope on the horizon… for the organization, for our staff, for our volunteers, for our donors and, most importantly, for those we serve. I see that hope and my wish for 2022 is that you do as well.
With deep gratitude,
Kristin Dubrowski, MNM
Chief Executive Officer