“I have had the privilege of seeing the strength and resiliency of so many survivors – I am encouraged that leaders, helpers and healers were able to touch on their strength and resilience and witness the transformative power of art to discover insights about themselves. I strongly believe that when we are connected with ourselves, we are much more able to genuinely connect with others. I am still pretty blown away in general with the Traveling Postcards workshops, everyone grows and everyone matters.” Amy Little,MSW,LCSW Sexual Assault Response Coordinator/Behavioral Health Support Coordinator, 434th Air Refueling Wing, Grissom, ARB

 

 

“The most valuable aspect of the Traveling Postcards Workshop as a professional, is the experience of reconnecting to our vulnerable humanity that we are sometimes disconnected to when working with trauma. We have a clinical or professional lens that is important for clients and for ourselves, but we often have few opportunities to experience on an emotional and non-verbal level what it means to care for another that is suffering. Being able to offer support as ‘one person to another’ by writing a card that has nothing to do with our professional roles, is a gift to our hearts. This workshop reminds healers that they are humans, wonderfully so, and that is why we are effective!” Amanda Silva, Director of Programs/Counseling Services Manager, Verity

 

 

 

“I wanted to reach out and share how much I enjoyed facilitating this workshop, but also the experiences I had when I was able so share a postcard with survivors.  I’ve shared a couple now, and each time the survivor soul lights up. They speak to them in a way that words can’t.  I hadn’t realized how tactile the card are- one had jewels and the survivor kept running her hands along the jewels.  It truly lets them know they are not alone.” Traci Cole,Sexual assault program family advocacy specialist,YWCA Clark County

 

“I just want you to know what a valuable and unique service Traveling Postcards is to survivors and the people who support them. In Marin County we have rape crisis and domestic violence centers to offer counseling and advocacy and therapists to help survivors through the process of recovery but the missing piece is in fostering resilience through art. It is an uplifting and supportive environment for participants to find their voice through artistic expression in a group of other survivors and celebrate how far they have come. Doing this workshop in service of others is also an important piece of transforming their own trauma into healing for others. Thank you so much for providing that important piece. ” DeAnna Schlau, Community Violence Solutions

Partial list of organizations we have worked with:

BAWAR, Oakland, CA

Bradley Angle, Portland

Center for Domestic Peace

Community Violence Solutions,CA

Daraja Academy

Grissom Air Reserve Base

Helpmate

In Movement: Art For Social Change

IRCO

KMG Kembatta Women’s Self Help Center, Ethiopia

La Casa de las Madres

Marin Catholic High School

Montana Women’s Coalition

Meridian Health Foundation

Mutual Ground

Narika

Our Voice, Asheville, NC

SafePlace, Austin TX

S.A.F.E. House

Saint Mary’s College

Self Help Center, Casper WY

Soroptimist International

STAND! For Families free of Violence

Trust In Education

VDAY

Verity

Women for Afghan Women

YWCA Berkeley

YWCA Resolve Family Abuse Program

YWCA Salt Lake City

YWCA Clark County

Verity, Santa Rosa CA

Western Carolina University

White Buffalo Calf Woman Society