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Thursday, June 12, 2014


Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center
June 2014  |  Delivered Monthly
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DVCAC's staff spent a restorative day together communing at The Gathering Place.

A Day of Retreat

DVCAC staff recently spent an entire day focused on self-care and learning techniques to deal with the everyday stress of our work.  We were incredibly fortunate to have Dr. Cyndi Vrabel from Frontline Services sharing information grounded in resiliency, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. Julie Tamarkin, a dedicated volunteer, lead the staff in breathing exercises and yoga practices in the beautiful Healing Garden at the Gathering Place. Gretchen Miller,  DVCAC Art Therapist, facilitated a session in creating a self-care journal and artist trading cards. It was a peaceful and informative day and the staff came away feeling recharged and more dedicated to our work.

Helping Hands and Supplies Needed

DVCAC is proud to announce that it will moving into a new facility later this summer. Our administrative staff, community services and Supervised Visitation Center will be relocating to Payne Ave. and E. 30th in the mid-town corridor of Cleveland. The property consists of two buildings, lots of free parking and will be a great place for victims of abuse to access all of our services.
In preparation, the agency is doing lots of remodeling and is in need of both volunteer support and some donations to keep our project within budget. If you can lend your support, please contact Lori Butterfield via email: lbutterfield@dvcac.org
Groups large and small are welcome to help out!
•    Cleaning supplies- mops, buckets, sponges, cleaning rags, dish soap, window cleaning solution, bathroom cleaning supplies, paper towels, brooms, etc…
•    Facility supplies: paper towels, toilet paper, liquid hand soap, hand sanitizer, Kleenex, garbage bags
•    Painting supplies: rollers, brushes, tarps, tape, pans
•    Landscaping supplies: garden tools, mulch
Volunteer Needs
•    Painters
•    Landscaping, gardening
•    Cleaning
•    Carpet Installers

Teen Empowerment Group

Starting on June 11th for teens 14-19 the group will meet Wednesday’s from 5:00pm-6:30pm. The focus is on healthy relationships, self-care, and strengths. Click here for more information. 

Good Luck Lauren

Counseling intern, Lauren Tucker will be finishing her year long clinical placement with DVCAC at the end of June. She’s done a great job with clients, and we will miss her!

Congrats Victoria!


Victoria Grant receiving 2014 Eagle Award
Benevolent Love Ministries chose Victoria Grant, Coordinator of DVCAC's Ujima Program, as the recipient  of the 2014 Eagle Award. This award is given once a year at the Tri-Conference Luncheon for outstanding service to the greater Cleveland area. They recognized the contributions that Victoria has made and her life-long commitment to the safe, healing and well-being of women in general.

Volunteer Spotlight: Julie


Julie leading yoga at DVCAC Staff Retreat

Julie Tamarkin has been a dedicated volunteer in the youth program at shelter for five years. Her calming and warm spirit is a welcome addition to any program she is involved in. Recently, Julie committed to our Champions of Childhood Campaign and personally raised over $1,000 for our mission. We could not do this work without volunteers like Julie. Thank you for bringing our mission to life!

RFP for Consulting Services Issued 

A search committee has been formed to identify consulting services for the planning process of creating a Child Advocacy Center in Cuyahoga County.The goal of the Child Advocacy Center Planning process is to strengthen partnerships among multi-disciplinary professionals and together, develop a plan pertinent to Cuyahoga County that identifies and builds upon models found to be effective elsewhere. Click here for more information.
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