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March 12, 2020

Member Spotlight: Advocates Against Family Violence

Hope Plaza

Where to start…… We are so blessed to have a wonderful community supporting our efforts of ending violence in the Treasure Valley, most specifically in Canyon County. It truly keeps our mission alive and moving forward. We started 2020 with great fervor and the momentum has not stopped. Here’s a few of our highlights:

  • Hope Plaza, Phase II – 30-units of mixed-use housing has begun. Included will be 2 units supportive housing, 4 units transitional housing, 4 market units, with the remaining 20 units affordable-housing. We are anticipating occupancy permit in July.
  • Court Coordinator – We closed out 2019 with 5,437 services provided through our Court Advocacy program. Our Court Coordinator completed her Victim Advocacy Certification through North Idaho College and is now enrolled in their paralegal program. We are currently working with District 3 court to bring back DV Court.
  • Teen Outreach – 2019 kept us busy with 11,378 in attendance at our Teen Healthy Relationship classes. These are provided in 19 schools and counseling programs in the Treasure Valley. We celebrated Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month hosting a poetry/short story reading at the Caldwell Public Library. Twenty students submitted their entries and community members came out to listen to local youth share their experiences and their hopes for a future without violence. To wrap up the month we hosted “Chalk About Love”, creating art on the sidewalks around the Caldwell Public Library, spreading messages of love, positivity, and a vision for a world without violence.
  • Counseling – It’s a great privilege to be able to provide free counseling to those who have or are currently experiencing domestic abuse and sexual assault. 835 free counseling sessions were provided in 2019. To better serve the needs of those seeking services, our Counselor completed her EMDR certification allowing for treatment of trauma, relieving psychological stress, and promoting healing for those served.
  • Strategic Vision – We began 2020 with a new Strategic Vision. This will be a living document, similar to Theory of Change, allowing for a clear process and steps in the achievement of our mission. We are very excited for this process!
  • Hope Plaza, Phase III – We don’t want to get bored, so we have begun preparations in coordinating the third phase of our campus! We are hoping this will be the final chapter which will bring new shelter space, administration building, expansion of our Hope Lane Learning Center, and additional housing units.

We are now gearing up for our Masquerade Ball, April 4, as well as preparing for Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Month in April!!!

Training & Events

Webinar: SAMHSA and ACF Information Memorandum on Working at the Intersections of Domestic Violence, Substance Use and Mental Health: Research; Resources; and Implications for State, Territory, and Tribal DV and DV/SA Coalitions and State FVPSA Administrators

Tuesday, April 7th from 5 pm – 6 pm EST

It has long been recognized that domestic violence can have significant mental health and substance use-related effects. Yet, the lack of collaboration between systems often leave survivors and their families without ways to address both safety and recovery needs. In order to address these gaps in services, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Administration for Children and Families (ACF) issued an Information Memorandum calling for increased collaboration between domestic violence, mental health, and substance use disorder treatment providers and systems. This webinar will provide an overview of key issues, recommendations and resources highlighted in the Information Memorandum as well as policy-relevant data from two national NCDVTMH surveys – one of DV programs and one of state women’s substance use coordinators. It will also provide an opportunity to discuss policy and practice implications for State, Territory, and Tribal Coalitions and State FVPSA Administrators.

Webinar will be hosted by NNEDV on Tuesday, April 7th from 5 pm – 6 pm EST and facilitated by the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health.
To register for the webinar, please click here.


March 12th, 2020 from 5:00pm-7:30pm at Morley Nelson Elementary School 7701 W. Northview St., Boise, ID 83704 AND April 9th, 2020 5:00-7:30PM at Taft Elementary School, 3722 W. Anderson St., Boise, ID 83703

Comprehensive Screening Includes:

  • Blood Pressure Check
  • Oral/Dental Health Evaluation & Education
  • Testing for Blood Sugar Levels, Cholesterol, HIV & Hepatitis C
  • Hearing & Eye Screenings
  • Nutrition Assessment & Education
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Screening
  • And more!

WHO? Adults (18 & up) without insurance or limited access to healthcare. No one will be turned away!

WHEN? Thursday, March 12th, 2020 5:00pm-7:30pm and April 9th, 2020. Participants may arrive anytime between 5:00pm and 7:30pm. Please plan 80-90 minutes to complete the screening process.

WHERE? On March 12: Morley Nelson Elementary School 7701 W Northview St. Boise, ID 83704
On April 9: Taft Elementary School, 3722 W Anderson St, Boise, ID 83703

BUS INFORMATION: Valley Ride bus stops nearby. Visit or call 208-345-7433 for more info.

The Idaho Food Bank will be providing FREE FOOD BOXES for participants while supplies last!

Questions? Call 208-373-1700 or email

Brought to you by The Healthy U, Idaho State University, Meridian Health Science Center

EXÁMENES DE SALUD 12 de Marzo, 2020 5:00pm-7:30pm
Morley Nelson Elementary School 7701 W. Northview St., Boise, ID 83704


  • Cheqeuode la presiónarterial
  • Evaluacióny Educaciónde la SaludOral/Dental
  • Pruebasde Azúcar, Colesterol, VIH, y Hepatitis tipoC
  • Vacunade Influenza/Gripe (hasta que agotarexistencias)
  • Chequeode Oidoy Vista
  • Evaluacióny Educaciónde; Alimentiación
  • Evaluaciónde Lesión Cerebral Traumática
  • Y más!

¿QUIÉN? Adultos(18 y mayor) sin aseguranzao acesolimitadoal cuidadode salud No rechazamosa nadie

¿CUÁNDO? Jueves, 12 de Marzo, 2020 5:00PM—7:30PM (Participantespuedenpresentarseentre las 5 y las 7:30. Necesitarán80-90 minutospara completer las evaluacionesde salud)

¿DÓNDE? Morley Nelson Elementary School 7701 W. Northview St., Boise, ID 83704 INFORMACIÓN DE BUS: Hay una paradade Valley Ride Bus cerca Visitewww.valleyride.orgo llame345-7433 para másinfor-mación

¿PREGUNTAS? Llame208-373-1700, o ponerseencontactopor correoelec-trónicoa

*Incluso, Idaho Food Bank se daráncajasde comida GRATIS para los participantes*

Art Challenge: Deadline March 30 Art challenge photo

Art Challenge Submission Rules and Guidelines.


  • $500 awarded to 1 artist from middle school/junior high and 1 artist from high school and published as the cover art for the Stories of Our Collective Future anthology to be released April 2020.
  • $100 awarded to each of the top 10 selections for middle school/junior high school and the high school categories and published in the middle school/junior high school and the high school Stories of Our Collective Future to be released in April 2020.

Submission: Submit your art HERE by March 30th.

Story Circle Challenge: Deadline April 30th Story Circle Photo

Story Circle Challenge Submission Rules and Guidelines.


  • $500 (up to five awards) – School-Wide Submission (over 75% of the student body needs to have participated in a story circle.)
  • $250 (up to ten awards) – Youth Organization/Classroom/Club (i.e. English, Art, Debate, or any class or club)
  • $250 (up to ten awards) – Individual

All submissions must score over 80 points to be eligible for an award. All individuals, classes or schools who enter the Our Collective Future Story Circle Challenge and score over 80 points will receive a t-shirt!

Submission: Submit your reflections HERE by April 30th.

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