The Family Life Center SafeHouse recently received a helping hand to continue two of their programs that reach out to youth in need in the community.
The SafeHouse received a $4,500 grant from the Central Kansas Community Foundation on behalf of the 2013 Central Kansas Kids FUNd.
“The grant will help with all the budget cuts we’ve been getting,” said Darla Carter, SafeHouse director. “Any money helps.”
The grant will go toward Tyffani Herrman’s salary.
She is a child advocate with the SafeHouse and goes into schools and holds weekly meetings with youth.
“We will use it so she can continue to do that,” Carter said. “She has been doing this a couple of years.”
Herrman leads two programs. The first is Teen Dating Violence. She has seen about 600 students through this program, in which she goes into schools.
“This school year is when she really began to get into the schools,” Carter said.
She sees about 80 students each day she is at the school.
“I go in and tell them where I am from and ask if they know what the SafeHouse is and if they know what dating violence is,” Herrman said.
To help make her point, they do a role play activity where each student has a character facing some type of dating problem. They present that scenario to the class, with each outcome being different.
“I use that to start new conversations,” she said, giving the example of how one gets a protection order.
“It is one big group discussion so it makes them more comfortable,” Herrman continued. “I answer lots of questions.”
Currently Herrman is just going to schools, but Carter said she also could take the program to church youth groups.
“It’s just really an awesome program,” Herrman said. “It gets them involved and keeps them thinking to learn warning signs. A lot of kids don’t realize what an unhealthy relationship is.”
The second part of her job is KIDSAFE, an after school program for kids who have witnessed any sort of violence or been abused themselves.
“It’s just a place for them to come together and talk and to learn they are not alone,” she said.
They talk about their feelings, self confidence and healthy ways to express emotion.
She has a teen group that meets on Fridays and an intermediate group that meets on Thursdays for ages 9 and up. Both groups meet at the SafeHouse.
Page 2 of 2 - Anyone wanting more information on either of these programs can call 321-7104. To make a donation to the SafeHouse, send checks to Family Life Center - SafeHouse, P.O. Box 735, El Dorado, KS 67042.