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August 26, 2021

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Restoring Ourselves In-Person Gathering Changed to Virtual Event

It is with heavy hearts the Idaho Coalition announces we have decided to switch the Restoring Ourselves event from in-person to virtual due to the rising number of cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant in Idaho and the resulting strain we are beginning to see on the healthcare system.

We cannot in good conscience bring our states’ advocates together with the potential of contracting this highly contagious variant of COVID-19. We had hoped that we would be able to come together in-person to reflect on the gifts and grief of this moment and engage in restorative healing practices, but as the weeks have passed it has become apparent that this is not the time.

Vanessa Timmons and our team have begun the planning of a virtual event that will mirror the events planned for the in-person event. The dates of the event will stay the same, Monday, September 13 & Tuesday, September 14, 2021. The event will now be split into two, four-hour days. The exact times will be sent soon along with the Zoom links.

We hope that this change means that more program staff will be able to attend. Registration for the event is limited to 50 registrants and there are only 8 spots remaining.

Each registrant will receive a care package full of items to aid in healing and restoration, including a guided journal written by our facilitator, Vanessa Timmons.

If you are no longer able to attend or have any questions, please contact Kailey at kailey@engagingvoices.org.

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NNEDV COVID Call- Delta Variant Questions

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As we are nearing the end of summer, heading into fall we are also facing a new surge of COVID in the form of the highly contagious Delta variant. As we head into another wave of infections, many program staff have pressing questions about what we can and should be doing this time around.

NNEDV hosted an informative discussion with Dr. Josh Barocas, from the University of Colorado Medical Center to answer questions regarding the Delta variant. The hour-long discussion covers topics such as masks and social distancing in shelters, adequate ventilation systems for shelters and offices, and how we can protect children who are too young to be vaccinated. This conversation is packed with information and well worth your time.

Watch the recorded English conversation at here! The recording has also been translated to Spanish and can be accessed here!

Region IV Citizen Review Panel Looking for New Member

white background with green circle behind white outline of state of IdahoThe Region IV Citizen Review Panel is looking for a person with relevant lived experience to fill a vacant position. Citizen Review Panels meet monthly to review child protection cases that are over 120 days old. Every three months the Panel provides formal recommendations for the improvement of the child protection system, to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and the Child Protection Legislative Oversight Committee.

The CRP is currently looking for panel members with lived experience. This includes, but is not limited to, law enforcement, former foster youth, biological parents with protective services involvement, guardians, and individuals participating in kinship care. The Panel is prioritizing applicants residing in Elmore, Valley and Boise County. The goal is to create a diverse panel of volunteers with an interest in the welfare of children and families.

Apply today here! For more information contact Courtney Boyce.

Training & Events

Intermountain Fair Housing Training
Wednesday, August 25TH | 1:30 PM (PT) / 2:30 PM (MT) – Part II

In collaboration with the Idaho Coalition, this Fair Housing training will be led by the Intermountain Fair Housing Council. Covered in two training sections (Part I – August 18th; Part II – August 25th), the training will cover the basics of the Fair Housing Act: history and creation; the seven protected classes; discriminatory housing practices; COVID-19 and the Fair Housing Act; programmatic and physical accessibility for survivors; housing rights for marginalized communities under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, and other applicable state and federal laws. Presenters will also cover assistance animals, reasonable accommodations, sex-based stereotyping, and more. Please contact Lacey Sinn for registration questions or for more information.

This Fair Housing training is available to both Transitional Housing MOU partners and non-MOU program partners.

Register now.



Advocate Training COVID Series Book Discussion
Wednesday, September 1, 2021 | 12:00 pm-1:30 pm MT

The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence invites you to a collective reading opportunity throughout the summer and continue the Advocate Training series with a book discussion in September. The survey results are in and the book that was chosen for discussion is, What Happened to You by Dr. Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey. Look out for weekly emails leading up to the book discussion! Feel free to send your favorite quotes or topics to Kailey!

Email any questions to Kailey at kailey@engagingvoices.org


Idaho Statewide Rural Webinar Series: Working with Teen Clients
September 13, September 20, & September 27, 2021 | 1pm MST/2pm CST – 2pm MST/3pm CST

Jessica Moreno, LCSW and Dalton Tiegs, of the Idaho Coalition, will facilitate a three part series on working with teen survivors. The three part series will include learning topics such as understanding the unique challenges and barriers youth face in accessing services, identifying entry points & opportunities for youth client intervention, identifying and practicing strategies to address mandated reporting, and identifying common barriers to building rapport with you, among other topics. Don’t miss this great opportunity to build the skills you need to serve youth survivors. Register here!


Restoring Ourselves Virtual Gathering for Domestic Violence Advocates and Executive Directors
September 13-14, 2021

A convening for program advocates to come together virtually to explore the lessons, gifts, and grief of this moment and engage in restorative healing practices that they can use for themselves and to create healing spaces for survivors. More info above. Register here.


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MMIW/P- The Next Steps

October 13-14, 2021

Please save this important date on your calendar for an in-person conference.  Professionals from several different organizations and jurisdictions will come together to create a plan addressing the next steps of MMIW/P.  Open to all agencies, advocates, and educators. For more info please email blasarte@cdatribe-nsn.gov.

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Visit the online store to view current Idaho Coalition materials available for order. For store questions, please contact Amy York.

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