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April 7, 2022

Member Program Highlight

How have you and your program staff been managing during COVID? What challenges have you faced when providing services to survivors?

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The COVID-19 pandemic is undoubtedly one of the greatest challenges that Crossroads Harbor has ever faced. We had to quickly learn to adapt how we offered services to survivors. Our ability to recognize and proactively equip advocates with not just technical resources, but skills and safety measures made providing victim services during the pandemic less challenging. Those new techniques and skills are now incorporated into our existing programs and daily routines.

Can you tell me about some program successes?

We are very excited to announce our acquisition of a building! The new building will house temporary emergency shelter beds and our office space. The new building is being funded by an Emergency Solutions Grant. We are gearing up for our biggest, most popular fundraiser. Mom Prom is an annual fundraising event we have each year. It is a fun night out for women only. Mom Prom has become a huge outreach platform for Crossroads Harbor. We love that people are aware of Crossroads Harbor and talking about our program.

What are the biggest barriers survivors are facing in your community?

The coronavirus has led to a rise in domestic violence in our community. Its impact on the community is leaving victims and their children struggling to find affordable and safe housing. Unfortunately, we know that without safe and affordable housing she/he is more likely to return to their abuser.

What are your hopes for this year?

This is a good year to take life a day at a time, and practice self-care every day!

To learn more about Crossroads Harbor Domestic Violence Shelter visit their website.

Celebrate and Upcoming Opportunities

The Idaho Business Review just selected its annual recipients of the Accomplished Under 40 award. There were potentially more than 470,000 people who could be eligible for 2022’s Accomplished Under 40 award, and two of the 40 Under 40 winners are part of the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence!

We are so proud of our team members! Congratulations—and thank you—to Noemi & tai. If you’d like to learn more about this award & the dynamic people who are changing our future, visit the Idaho Business Review’s site here

Beyond the distinguished 40 Under 40 award, we want to uplift tai for her efforts around Missing & Murdered Indigenous People (MMIP). tai is co-creating this year’s Next Steps Conference—amongst many things—to advance our collective efforts in the much-needed pivot to end violence. Scholars, advocates, educators, law enforcement officers, attorneys, justices, and more are invited to attend this MMIP conference on May 4th & 5th. 

We welcome you to learn more about this conference, and we extend an invitation to you to join us. Check out the Facebook event for this conference here.

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Another opportunity to register for a community learning space! Before the MMIP conference in May, our team is also supporting a workshop session about sustainability in leadership. The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence invites community and tribal domestic and sexual violence program executive directors, associate directors, and senior leadership to the Directors Learning Series: Leadership and the Global Pandemic: From Survival to Thriving. 

Together we will create opportunities for leaders to share their experiences and to create a clear vision for sustainability of ourselves and our colleagues in our advocacy programs. To learn more, register for this online space on April 14th, click here

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Final Weeks to Submit: We Want to Share Youth Mini-Grants!

Announcement: 2022 Idaho Youth for Change Mini-Grants!

The deadline is just over a week away, so we want to remind you to apply for Idaho’s Youth 4 Change Mini-Grant. The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence is searching for bold, creative young people to co-create solutions to sexual violence in Idaho. Focusing on young people from communities most impacted by violence, we seek to provide community-level funding for projects and initiatives created and led by young people between 15 and 20 years old and supported by adult mentors and allies.

We will provide mini-grant awards up to $1,500 to young people in partnership with adults, who have a strong passion for ending sexual violence in their schools and communities. The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence will provide guidance for funded projects and work to create a community of support for each project to learn from others.

If you are connected to young people in your community who you want to support, please pass this opportunity along. Or if you are interested in engaging young people, please reach out to us and we are happy to support you. Anyone interested in the Idaho Youth for Change Mini-Grants just needs to send an email to by April 15th with “Mini-Grants” in the subject line and the names of who is involved in the project. We will provide additional support for the application process once we are connected.

For more information please contact:
Bryan Lyda
(208) 284-1622

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Bryan Lyda

Three Things to reach out to me for:

  • Engaging Allies
  • Youth Engagement
  • Reaching Marginalized Communities

Training & Events

Trans and Non Binary Survivors Speak Out Live Event
April 10th | 5:00 pm MT / 4:00 pm PT)

YOU will be truly inspired by this 90-minute Trans and Non Binary Survivors Speak Out Live Event (a collaboration between MenHealing and forge ).

Free registration is open until time of the event.

Providing Accessible and Effective Services to Survivors of Sexual Assault with Disabilities
April 26th | 12 – 1:30 MT | 11 – 12:30 PT

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and in support of survivors everywhere, we are dedicating this month’s End Abuse of People with Disabilities webinar to lifting up promising practices for serving survivors with disabilities. Featuring a panel comprised of a survivor with a disability, a national expert, and a local advocate, this webinar will explore the unique barriers that people with disabilities have to navigate when seeking healing and the strategies that advocates can employ to proactively remove those barriers. The panelists will provide practical guidance from their own experience that will help you ensure that survivors with disabilities feel respected and supported within your programs.

Join panelists, Cathy Saunders, Self-Advocate with Illinois Imagines, Cierra Olivia Thomas-Williams, Prevention Specialist at Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Heidi Sue LeBoeuf, Counseling Director at Pathways For Change. and facilitator Sandra Harrell, Associate Director, Center on Victimization and Safety for this discussion.


Next Steps Conference on Missing & Murdered Indigenous People
May 4th – 5th | Worley, ID

We changed the way we work to end violence in our Indigenous communities in the face of a dire pandemic. We learned to advocate policy, create awareness, and search for our loved ones despite insurmountable circumstances and with virtual restrictions.

Those of you who joined us for the virtual MMIWP conference in October, we have deep gratitude for you. We call on you to attend in-person the Next Steps Conference on Missing & Murdered Indigenous People. The Coeur d’Alene Tribe STOP Violence invites you to this working conference to move our collective vision forward. We are scholars, advocates, educators, law enforcement officers, attorneys, justices, and so much more. The sum of our collective efforts is the much needed pivot in our work to end violence in Indian country.

For more information or to get tickets to this event visit the MMIP Event page on Facebook.

Register and learn more here.

What is Systemic Racism? | 8-part Video Series

Race Forward presents, “What Is Systemic Racism?” an 8-part video series that shows how racism shows up in our lives across institutions and society: Wealth Gap, Employment, Housing Discrimination, Government Surveillance, Incarceration, Drug Arrests, Immigration Arrests, Infant Mortality… yes, systemic racism is really a thing. View the series here!

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