Project THRIVE provides children a friendly non-intimidating environment for them to share their experiences, which assists significantly in engaging them and their families in a healing process. Project THRIVE provides immediate and intensive services to children who have experienced sexual, physical or emotional abuse and/or neglect, or who have been exposed to drugs, or are witness to domestic violence. Beginning therapeutic services with children as quickly as possible is essential in order to minimize the long-term effects of child abuse. Staff at local elementary schools, where kids receive Project THRIVE services, note the kids really look forward to seeing the counselors—a strong indication that healing has begun.
Unfortunately, the incidence of child abuse is growing in Central Oregon. For example, since 2014 the number of physical abuse cases evaluated has increased by 142%. The Power of 100 award will help Project THRIVE provide therapy and family support services to children in south Deschutes County. We want more local children to have this opportunity to thrive after experiencing abuse. Results of the award will be reported in 2020.
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