Earlier this year, we began a partnership with an organization near Portland, Oregon, called Abuse Recovery Ministry & Services (ARMS). CEO Stacey Womack presented at our Annual Conference and Exposition in Milwaukee, and also at one of our District Conferences. The material was very well received.
We are now working with ARMS to provide for you a discounted, co-branded training program for staff of Citygate Network organizations that are working with people who have experienced any and every possible kind of abuse. We’ll offer the training in a few key locations and also several times online in 2019. We are also partnering on curriculum—developed by ARMS and cobranded with both their name and our name on it—that your staff can use to help abused women recover. There will be a section in the material that deals with recognizing the victims of human trafficking. We will have additional training material meant to help trafficking victims bring an end to the fear and shame that defines that chapter in their lives.
We will have full details in early January, including training locations, costs, and more. We will also tell you about ManKind, which is a similar curriculum (currently being revised) for men who have used abusive behaviors.
You probably know that the end-of-year holidays are abuse-filled in many families. Most of it goes unreported. The winter, spring, and summer of 2019 will find many women harboring the deep hurts (physical and emotional) from the ugly things that went on behind closed doors that held beautiful wreaths and colored lights. In this area of abuse, all missions need relevant, practical, and complete training. I hope you’ll consider this for your team.