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We have and will always #SupportSurvivors

This post is part of our COVID-19 Response series to provide regular updates on services for survivors during the coronavirus public health crisis. Some would say that we are in the business of contingency planning. Like most folks though, the severity of COVID-19 also caught us by surprise. When first responding to this crisis we did what we do with our clients every day, we safety planned.   In the case of COVID-19, this means ensuring…

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#GivingTuesdayNow – Message of Hope – Supporting Survivors

You are not forgotten, you are worthy. We care about you. I believe you. We believe you. I want to let you know how incredibly strong, brave, and capable you are. You are not alone. – GreenHouse17 Staff It’s #GivingTuesdayNow, a special day around the world for coronavirus relief. We hope you’ll leave an encouraging comment and, if you can, make a monetary donation. A generous anonymous donor will match up to $1,500 in gifts…

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Sewing Seeds of Hope – Summer Flower CSA Member Insider

“The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there?” – Jack Kornfield   The beauty of social justice movements — including our mission to end intimate partner abuse — is each of us can do something to create change.  A metaphor we often use to connect our farm to this change is Hope Blooms.  Linda Kurtz is a pastor in Lexington who tries to…

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Courts Update from GreenHouse17

This post is part of our COVID-19 Response series to provide regular updates on services for survivors during the coronavirus public health crisis. Advocacy is at the center of what we do here. There is nothing more important than survivors knowing that they are supported, especially when navigating the legal system. Sometimes, the needs of survivors can get lost among the system of judges, attorneys, and court staff. “While each county has somewhat different social…

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How to #SupportSurvivors during COVID-19

This post is part of our COVID-19 Response series to provide regular updates on services for survivors during the coronavirus public health crisis. Home isn’t always a safe place to isolate. Domestic violence offenses result in approximately 40 deaths in Kentucky annually. For many survivors, home can be the most dangerous of places. Not having the option to leave heightens the risk of violence.     Intimate partner abuse is rooted in power and control. During…

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Seeking Safety during COVID-19

This post is part of our COVID-19 Response series to provide regular updates on services for survivors during the coronavirus public health crisis. You might’ve read recent news that the National Domestic Violence Hotline is tracking fewer calls over the past few weeks. This data does not mean less violence is happening during the coronavirus pandemic. Victims simply cannot safely call for help when co-isolated with their abuser. More than 40 adults and children were…

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Weekly Greetings from Darlene

This post is part of our COVID-19 Response series to provide regular updates on services for survivors during this public health crisis. “We understand that this is a difficult time for all folks in our community. We first and foremost want you to know that we are here for you, our doors are open, and we are not going anywhere.”   We would like to start this week’s update with a sincere and huge thank…

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Weekly Greetings from Darlene

This post is part of our COVID-19 Response series to provide regular updates on services for survivors during this public health crisis. There’s lots of people who still care, and are here to support all of us in this time. Our shelter is here for those whose home isn’t safe. I want you to know our shelter and 24-hour crisis line is still operating, being answered by human beings. Please always call 1-800-544-2022 anytime you…

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Gaslighter – New song from The Chicks draws attention to intimate partner abuse

Gaslighter, the new release from The Chicks, is climbing up the charts and getting plenty of attention. The song’s title and lyrics also raise important awareness about the dynamics of intimate partner abuse. Maybe you’ve never heard the term gaslighting or wonder exactly what some of the lyric lines mean. We’ve analyzed everything here, verse by verse. Even though this song has been released to the public space, we’ll honor confidentiality and await comment from…

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Tending to the Garden of the Heart

[sgmb id=”1″]  Life can get messy, just like a garden.   When we find ourselves unable to manage or needing to let things go that no longer serve us, nature is the ideal place to be. Gardens seem to always feel like home, whether you’re from the country, the city, or somewhere in between.  “Well first I’d like to start with how “at-home” I feel in the garden. See, I had to move and leave mine…

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