Programs & Services
Things of My Very Own, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides crisis intervention services to children who have been impacted by extensive abuse and/or neglect. We also provide services to children at-risk of a Child Protective Services intervention solely due to not having items necessary for sustainability. The organization works to keep children with their non-abusive family members and out of the foster care system whenever possible.
The transition out of an abusive situation is often sudden and unexpected. Rarely is a child able to return home to retrieve belongings prior to the move. Things of My Very Own recognizes the need for children to have everything they need from the first moment on, and our goal is to provide children with Things of Their Very Own, even when they are in an unfamiliar setting.
Transitional Assistance is available on a referral basis within four hours of contact. Packages vary by age, but generally include the following:
- Hygiene Products (e.g. diapers, baby wipes, shampoo, etc.)
- Emergency Food and Medical Supplies when necessary
- School Supplies, etc.
In addition to Transitional Assistance, our programs reintroduce children to fundamental life skills needed to develop into stable, confident individuals with healthy levels of self-confidence and self-esteem. An emphasis is placed on building and maintaining healthy relationships as well as reducing the possibility of future victimization. Our organization strives to expose each child to enriching activities that identify individual talents and enhance development, thereby broadening opportunities. We coordinate with numerous experts throughout the community to assist us in achieving these goals. Program opportunities are available to children of all ages and capabilities. Some examples of the programs we offer are listed below:
- Structured play environments with expressive components for young children
- Team building classes and exercises.
- Literacy Encouragement Programs.
Many of the children that we work with have missed significant amounts of school as a direct result of the abuse and/or neglect that they endured. The organization provides several educational series designed specifically for these children in order to get them back on track for academic success. Education Series Programs include but are not limited to: Entomological and Archaeological Adventures as well as educational experiences in marine biology, literacy, financial management, sensory exploration, etc.
To learn more, contact Things of My Very Own today. Our programs are not currently available to the general public. Please contact our Administrative Office for a listing of programs available to our clients or to schedule a program in your area. Please feel free to join us for Events that may be happening around you.