Tuesday, August 06, 2019

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We are pleased to provide you with the August issue of our kNOw MORE News!
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Monday, July 08, 2019

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We are pleased to provide you with the July issue of our kNOw MORE News!
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Thursday, May 09, 2019

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We are pleased to present you with the May issue of our kNOw MORE News!
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Wednesday, April 03, 2019

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We are pleased to provide you with the April issue of our kNOw MORE Newsletter!
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A Word from Healing Hearts Crisis Center


Healing from sexual assault is never easy. The journey to recovery from trauma takes time, and requires both immediate and long-term services built upon the foundation of understanding that trauma takes many forms, is often overlapping and can be re-experienced in many ways.
The Healing Hearts Crisis Center (HHCC) is Guam’s only Rape Crisis Center. As a division of the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center, HHCC exists with the intent to provide survivors of sexual assault with “discrete, immediate and full medical attention.” 

HHCC incorporates a holistic approach for the survivor of sexual assault or abuse. Regardless of when the assault occurred or the age, ethnicity, gender or disability of the survivor, HHCC offers a supportive, healing atmosphere with caring professionals to assist survivors in regaining feelings of safety, control, trust, autonomy and self-esteem. The HHCC team works together to ensure all survivors receive the services they need to begin and sustain the healing process after sexual assault or abuse. HHCC services include intake assessment and crisis intervention, forensic and multi-disciplinary team interviews, short term case management and linkage to other needed services such as individual and family therapy. HHCC also provides medical services including forensic examinations and collection of forensic evidence, as well as outreach and training to schools, service providers and the community at large.

Sexual violence can have long-term negative effects for survivors and their families; statistics state that survivors of sexual violence are 3 times more likely to suffer from depression, 6 times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, 13 times more likely to abuse drugs or alcohol and 4 times more likely to contemplate suicide. The fear, powerlessness and hopelessness that results from such a personal trauma can make the thought of reaching out for help feel impossible.

As difficult and painful as coping with sexual assault and abuse can be, Guam has many resources that work together to assist the most vulnerable in our community.  Government, community-based and faith-based organizations work together to provide survivors a streamlined process that minimizes retraumatization. HHCC works with members of Guam’s Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) to provide a coordinated, efficient, and supportive response to victims of sexual assault. Often times navigating the system of response is a huge barrier to accessing needed services. The SART works together to ensure that no matter at what point a victim or family member enters the system, they will be provided the appropriate guidance and support to access the services they need.
The Healing Hearts Crisis Center operates Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. Due to the sensitive nature of the work we do, we prefer appointments to be made by calling 647-5351. After hours crisis services are also available through the same contact number. HHCC works with GBHWC Crisis Hotline to ensure availability of response 24/7.

“There is a light in this world, a healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter. We sometimes lose sight of this force when there is suffering, too much pain. Then suddenly, the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways.” – Mother Teresa


Submitted by: Maresa Pereda Aguon, Healing Hearts Program Manager

Friday, March 01, 2019

A Word from Guma Mami, Inc.


Guma’ Mami, Inc. is a nonprofit community-based membership-driven organization formed in the early 1980s by families of persons with disabilities, professionals in the field of disability, and other concerned community members to facilitate the integration and full inclusion of adults with disabilities into their communities through dignified, compassionate individual and family support, with increased focus on individual rights and the richness of cultural diversity. The organization was founded on the following principles:
·         Guma’ Mami, Inc. believes in the value and dignity of every human being.  People with intellectual and other disabilities are like everyone else in many more ways than they are different. These differences should be viewed in the same way that ethnic, cultural, social/economic-status and other individual or group differences are viewed, with respect and dignity.

·         Guma’ Mami believes that people with intellectual and other disabilities have abilities and competencies that can be enhanced, developed and maximized to the greatest extent possible when given the necessary supports. These supports should incorporate the concepts of self-determination, normalization, full-inclusion, integration, and person/family-centered planning.

·         Guma’ Mami believes that individuals with intellectual and other disabilities have rights and responsibilities. When these rights are respected, opportunities are made available, and effective services are provided, these individuals will become responsible and productive members of their communities.

Following are Guma’ Mami’s current programs:

q  Mary Clare Home: A 24-hour transitional Residential and Support Services Program for adults with serious mental illness.
q  Hinanao-ta Program: A 24-hour transitional Residential and Support Services Program for adults with co-occurring disabilities of serious mental illness and intellectual disabilities.
q  Project Inayek: A scattered-site transitional housing program for persons with disabilities who are survivors of domestic violence.
q  Women In Solidarity with Hope (WISH): An educational support group for women with disabilities who are survivors of abuse.
q  Sagan Mami Resource and Drop In Center offers four (4) program components:
    • Enrichment Center (8am-5pm): The center offers resources and activities for individuals with disabilities to develop a recovery and wellness lifestyle.
    • Peer Support/Mentorship Training: The program offers trainings, supports and mentorship to develop positive life skills to cope with life’s challenges in the road to recovery and healing.
    • Supported Employment Program: The program prepares individuals with disabilities to compete in the competitive job market while actively participating in treatment at Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center.
    • Drop-In Center (5pm-9pm): The evening drop-in center offers adult individuals with disabilities who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness, a safe haven, an accepting place for anyone in need of support, advocacy and self-empowerment on their recovery journey.
*Guma’ Mami’s services include Sexual Assault & Family Violence 24-hour Information and Referral Hotline at (671) 487-2505

Upcoming Activities:
  • Do You See Me: Exploring Stigma through the Eyes of Persons with Disabilities
In partnership with Humanities Guahan, Guma’ Mami conducted a series of photography and poetry workshops for persons with disabilities, with the goal of creating community conversations around personal and community issues faced by persons with disabilities. As a culminating activity of the workshops, the community is invited to take part in the exhibit of the works done by persons with disabilities through the workshops:
    • March 9 &10, 2019: Do You See Me Exhibit at the Agana Shopping Center 2nd Floor
    • March 18 & 19, 2019: Do You See Me Exhibit at the 2019 Social Workers Regional Training Conference at Westin Resort
    • May 3, 2019 (Guam Museum): Do You See Me Conference
  • Self-Advocacy Training Workshops – TBA



*Guma Mami, Inc. is a member of GCASAFV

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Dating violence starts young and comes in many forms, including sexual violence. This Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, learn more about how sexual violence impacts teens.

View the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s fact sheet here: Source: National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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We are pleased to provide you with the February issue of our kNOw MORE News!
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Thursday, January 17, 2019

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The National Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month and National Stalking Awareness Month Outreach Fair is this Saturday! We hope to see you there!

View our press release here:


Friday, January 11, 2019

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We are pleased to provide you with the first newsletter of the new year!
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Monday, January 07, 2019

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January is:

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month (NSHTPM)
and
National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM)!

View the press release for the upcoming NSHTPM and NSAM events here: