We wanted to provide you with a special Mother’s Day perspective from a former ROSE Award recipient as well as a brief operational update on our 2010 plans, progress and program impact.
In 2010, we remain ahead of our goal to deliver our services in a way that ensures that more than $3 of free reconstructive medical services are provided for every $1 of operational expense we incur (in 2009 we provided more than $2 of free medical services for every $1 of operational expense we incurred).
We’re also happy to announce that our team of dedicated volunteers (many) and staff (of one) will be bolstered this summer and fall by an additional 6 college interns who are sure to increase our program impact and further ensure that your investments in ROSE continue to pay rich dividends to the population of courageous women we serve.
ROSE Reconstructive Surgery Program-Our medical network of dentists, doctors and hospitals continues to expand and we are on pace to help more than 100 female survivors of domestic violence gain free access to several hundred reconstructive medical, dental and surgical services this year. This program continues to have a profound impact on the lives of female survivors, enabling them to erase the physical reminders of their abusive past, rebuild their lives and regain their self-esteem.
2010 ROSE Award-Our quest continues to identify a courageous female survivor of domestic violence with an inspirational story to tell. We learn of several new nominations each week of women who have shown incredible strength and resolve in breaking the cycle of domestic violence and who serve as a powerful inspiration to others. Follow us on Facebook to learn more regularly about these nominees and their journey into, through and out of domestic violence. We’ll be announcing the 2010 ROSE Award winner later this fall.
ROSE Report Card-We are actively engaged in driving real change at high schools across the region helping them to break the silence associated with teen dating violence (TDV) on a local level. Through a series of interviews and on-line surveys, we expose the prevalence and severity of the TDV issue within their high school. Our thorough assessments also evaluate the high school’s current TDV policies and programs and are accompanied by an actionable set of recommendations around how best to improve the high school’s approach in addressing the TDV issue. Our findings and recommendations serve as a powerful catalyst for affecting real change. This recently launched program has helped to transform high schools from ‘Unaware and Unprepared’ to ‘Informed and Effective’ in increasing domestic and teen dating violence education and prevention. Our 2010 goal is to transform 25 high schools in New England, enabling more than 10,000 high school students to learn perhaps one of the most important lessons in life: how to identify, intervene and prevent unhealthy and abusive relationships for you, your family and your friends.
Wonder how prevalent and severe teen dating violence is within your local high school?
(According to a Harvard University study, 1 in 5 girls in Massachusetts public high schools has been hit, kicked or punched by a dating partner. It also found that those girls that have are 9 times as likely to attempt suicide)
Want to understand how well prepared your local high school is in preventing teen dating violence?