Jun
21
Fri
DCF Support Group @ NFI Family Resource Center of Lowell
Jun 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

A support group for caregivers who are working with DCF. Especially those whose children have been removed from their care. Come and talk to other parents who are going through what you are. Learn how to navigate the DCF system and also techniques for staying connected to your children when they are not in your care and how to take care of yourself during this stressful time.

Jun
25
Tue
QTBIPOC Survivors Retreat @ Old Oak Dojo
Jun 25 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Come build community with other LGBQ/TI and non-binary POC, as we navigate through our journey of healing from child sexual abuse.

The Center for Hope and Healing and The Victim Rights Law Center invite you to join us for a groundbreaking, one-day healing retreat for queer, transgender, non-binary, intersex and/or gender non-conforming Black, Indigenous folks and other People of Color, who survived childhood rape and/or sexual assault.

This retreat is specifically for those who work in domestic violence, sexual assault or other anti-violence programs. Led by extraordinary human, National Trainer and Advocate, Amita Swadhin. Allow yourself the space to heal with others who can relate, the space to grow, and an outlet to empower yourself through story-telling, body movement and circle style community.

Note on the location: Old Oak Dojo: It is the second house, at the end of the road. Please come to the top of the driveway. The Old Oak Dojo is behind the house.

Questions? Tix sold out? Email Isa Woldeguiorguis, Executive Director of The Center for Hope and Healing, Inc.: Isa@chhinc.org

Jun
26
Wed
Mirror Memoirs @ CIC Boston
Jun 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Child sexual abuse is a public health epidemic that affects us all – 20% of Americans (1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys) experience sexual violence before the age of 18. Even if you are not a survivor, someone you know and love is. And we are all raised in rape culture. Perpetrators are in the highest positions of power in our government, media, religious institutions, corporations and educational institutions. Awakening to this reality can feel overwhelming – is it really possible for us to create a world without rape?

Through experiences of collective healing and organizing, many survivors are beginning to assert our visions for an end to this violence.

Join us on Wednesday, June 26 to learn about Mirror Memoirs, a storytelling and organizing project uplifting the narratives, healing and leadership of LGBTQI+ people of color who survived child sexual abuse, as a strategy to end rape culture and other forms of oppression. Mirror Memoirs is a fiscally-sponsored project of Community Partners, a California nonprofit public benefit corporation located in Los Angeles, California, qualified as exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”).

Founded by Amita Swadhin in 2016 (through a fellowship from the Just Beginnings Collaborative), this national oral history archive now includes the stories of 60 survivors across 15 states.

In the archive:
* 68% are transgender or non-binary folks
* 42% are Black
* 10% are indigenous
* 37% are Latinx
* 28% are Asian American
(percentages greater than 100 because of mixed race folks)
* 9% were raped or sexually assaulted by a cisgender woman

In this salon, you will hear an excerpt focused on three questions: what do you need to continue to heal? what should be done with people who commit child sexual abuse? and what is your personal vision for how humanity can end child sexual abuse?

You’ll also learn how to support this project’s dissemination (with plans for a podcast, animated videos, multimedia art exhibit and a training institute). Light snacks and beverages will be served.

Accessibility: CIC has elevators & is fully wheelchair accessible. The bathrooms on all floors are gendered M/F multistall, but we will post signs as this is an after-hours event, making them gender-neutral. There is 1 single-stall, accessible all-gender bathroom on the first floor of the building, through a cafeteria/café space. It’s not a scent-free space but we will substitute non-scented soaps to the bathrooms and ask the cleaning company to refrain from using a heavily scented cleaner before the event.

This space has generously been provided by Futures Without Violence.

Host Committee (affiliations for identification purposes only):
Lonna Davis (Futures Without Violence)
Leiana Kinnicutt (Futures Without Violence)
Hema Sarang-Sieminski (Victim Rights Law Center)
Isa Woldeguiorguis (Center for Hope and Healing)

Jul
5
Fri
DCF Support Group @ NFI Family Resource Center of Lowell
Jul 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

A support group for caregivers who are working with DCF. Especially those whose children have been removed from their care. Come and talk to other parents who are going through what you are. Learn how to navigate the DCF system and also techniques for staying connected to your children when they are not in your care and how to take care of yourself during this stressful time.

Jul
19
Fri
DCF Support Group @ NFI Family Resource Center of Lowell
Jul 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

A support group for caregivers who are working with DCF. Especially those whose children have been removed from their care. Come and talk to other parents who are going through what you are. Learn how to navigate the DCF system and also techniques for staying connected to your children when they are not in your care and how to take care of yourself during this stressful time.

Jul
20
Sat
Summer Fun at Shedd Park @ Shedd Park
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

July 20th 10am-2pm
Location: 453 Rogers St. Lowell, MA

Enjoy the warm and beautiful weather while having some summer fun. Activities will be facilitated by the FRC staff. Kids of all ages welcome! Lunch bags and refreshments will be provided. Families and individuals welcome to come. Please note: This is the only event that will be held outside the FRC. Event will be held at Shedd Park, address will be listed above.

If you have any questions regarding Summer Fun, please contact Wanda Montes at 978-455-0701 ext. 209 or email at wandamontes@nafi.com

Aug
2
Fri
DCF Support Group @ NFI Family Resource Center of Lowell
Aug 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

A support group for caregivers who are working with DCF. Especially those whose children have been removed from their care. Come and talk to other parents who are going through what you are. Learn how to navigate the DCF system and also techniques for staying connected to your children when they are not in your care and how to take care of yourself during this stressful time.

Aug
16
Fri
DCF Support Group @ NFI Family Resource Center of Lowell
Aug 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

A support group for caregivers who are working with DCF. Especially those whose children have been removed from their care. Come and talk to other parents who are going through what you are. Learn how to navigate the DCF system and also techniques for staying connected to your children when they are not in your care and how to take care of yourself during this stressful time.