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    New Hope in a New Year

    New Hope in a New Year In the Scottish poem, “Auld Lang Syne,” Robert Burns writes: Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? It is certain that as we continue our mission in 2017 that we will reflect upon our past and all of you who have supported our endeavor. Never forgetting your generosity of spirit that brings so much hope to the children and families in Blount County who need our assistance. Our many thanks to all who continue to help us Restore Hope! Hope by the Numbers: 505 children served 315 Forensic Interviews conducted 23 Medical Exams 74 children and their caregiver received therapy services 613 received advocacy assistance 75…

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    MAXIMUS Foundation Grant Recipient

    New Hope is proud to announce that we received a grant from the MAXIMUS Foundation is support of our therapy program.  These funds will assist in the continued efforts of our therapists to support children and families on their journey of healing after trauma or abuse.  Our many thanks to John Boyer, MAXIMUS Foundation Chairman and the committee for their continued support in making a difference in the lives of children. “On behalf of the MAXIMUS Foundation, I am proud to provide this award to Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center,” said John Boyer, MAXIMUS Foundation Chairman. “The advocacy center and its staff embody the values that the MAXIMUS Foundation strives to…

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    Black Tie Blue Jeans Gala 2016 Up-date

    Black Tie & Blue Jeans Gala 2016 Up-date   Our many thanks to all who attended Black Tie & Blue Jeans Gala!  It was a fantastic evening made possible by all those who sponsored, gave in-kind donations to the auction, and attended the event.  We at New Hope are thrilled to be in a community where so much support is given to assist in our mission to restore hope to abused or traumatized children and their families.  Thank you!! Each year we are afforded the opportunity to highlight a special person or people who embody the spirit of New Hope.  This year’s Spirit of New Hope recipients are Donna and…

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    November: A Time for Awareness & Hope

    Happy End of October (even though it doesn’t feel like it)! There are so many opportunities coming up in the next month to support New Hope and the children that we serve! Apart from our annual Black Tie Blue Jean Gala, we have a few new events that we are so, very excited to share with you. Starting November 1st until November 12th, Vienna Coffee House will host Prevention from Where I Sit to honor World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse. Local Blount County artists will provide a piece of work centered on child abuse prevention from the artist’s point of view. We’re so thankful to our talented…

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    My Perspective: If Hallowed Halls Could Speak

    My Perspective: If Hallowed Halls Could Speak Ghost Written: Hannah Rials  It’s a beautiful day, not a cloud in the sky. The wind is whistling in the branches of my trees, and the sun is shining down on my blooming flowers. There’s a child walking up my stone path, looking up at me with big, wet eyes. A woman stands behind her, a hand on her shoulder, and urges her up to my front door. I feel her tremors through the boards in my floor. They resonate in the walls. Raeann rushes to meet them, her warm, smiling face serving as a moment of reprieve to the child’s terror. But…

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    Reflection Walk: Light A Path Of Change

    Black Tie Blue Jeans Gala 2016 This year in recognition of the 360 children we have served thus far in 2016, New Hope will be hosting a Reflection Walk  that will wind its way along the path to the RT Lodge on the night of our Black Tie Blue Jeans Gala. Please join us in our endeavor to honor each child by sponsoring a luminary for only $25. This is a lovely way to support New Hope and the children who need our services. Sponsor a luminary today by: Printing out this post and including a check for the amount of your luminary sponsorship or by using the PayPal link…

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    Empower

    One thousand reports of neglect and abuse are reported each year in Blount County.  In 2015 New Hope served 327 children who were affected by severe abuse.  In honor of those children we asked a local author to write a fictional story depicting what a child goes through when abuse or trauma occurs.  Please keep in mind that if you are a survivor or know someone who is this story may be emotionally charging for you.  If you choose to read we want to thank you for taking the time to do so.  “My Words” is a powerful story about a young girl dealing with trauma and how that has…

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    Forensic Interviewing: So, uh, what exactly do you do?

    Ever wondered what a Forensic Interviews does? This wonderful article written by Eliazbeth King from the Randolph-Tucker Children’s Advocacy Center does a great job of sharing what it is like to work in this role.  Our many thanks to Elizabeth for sharing her story and to all the Forensic Interviewers out there that make a difference in the lives of children.   by Elizabeth King, Forensic Interviewer/CAC Coordinator, Randolph-Tucker CAC When I first started my job at Randolph-Tucker Children’s Advocacy Center in 2014, I replied honestly to every well-meant inquiry of “So what exactly do you do for a living?”. My answer went something like this: “I interview children when there are concerns…

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    Kits for Kids

    Welcome! The start of school brings with it thoughts of being a child again. This is both a scary and an exciting time for many. Unfortunately, for some children in abusive environments, school is an escape, a safe haven, a rest. It is in honor of these children that I am excited to partner with New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center. Join me, along with Nicole Wicker from New Hope, to learn more about the Center, more about Young Living, and how you can help us meet our goal. Don’t forget to invite your friends and share our event on your profile! The Cause: New Hope Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center…

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    Passion. Perspective. Purpose.

      Passion. Perspective. Purpose. A Summer Blog Series Ghost Written by Hannah Rials 9th Summer Blog Post: My Perspective: If Hallowed Halls Could Speak It’s a beautiful day, not a cloud in the sky. The wind is whistling in the branches of my trees, and the sun is shining down on my blooming flowers. There’s a child walking up my stone path, looking up at me with big, wet eyes. A woman stands behind her, a hand on her shoulder, and urges her up to my front door. I feel her tremors through the boards in my floor. They resonate in the walls. Click here to continue reading this week’s…

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