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When a child escapes abuse within their home, they need support to weather the crisis, heal, and move forward. Things of My Very Own, Inc. is a lifeline for children fleeing abuse. From providing basic necessities to teaching life skills that instill confidence and self-worth, our services lift fragile children from a place of harm to one of hope.

Helping Children Heal

When a child escapes abuse within their home, they need support to weather the crisis, heal, and move forward. Things of My Very Own, Inc. is a lifeline for children fleeing abuse. From providing basic necessities to teaching life skills that instill confidence and self-worth, our services lift fragile children from a place of harm to one of hope.

Hear about the positive impact our efforts make.

Things of My Very Own, Inc. provides crisis intervention services to children impacted by extensive abuse and/or neglect.

Services are also available to children who are, solely due to the lack of items necessary for sustainability, at risk of a Child Protective Services intervention.

Our goal is to keep children together with non-abusive family members, and out of the foster care system, whenever possible.

Hear about the positive impact our efforts make.

Things of My Very Own, Inc. provides crisis intervention services to children impacted by extensive abuse and/or neglect.

Services are also available to children who are, solely due to the lack of items necessary for sustainability, at risk of a Child Protective Services intervention.

Our goal is to keep children together with non-abusive family members, and out of the foster care system, whenever possible.

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Things of My Very Own, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation that provides crisis intervention se

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One of the most common phrases a person hears after leaving a domestic violence situation is “get a job”. Getting a job is a great goal but it comes with significant challenges. What if you haven’t worked in a long time, or were supported by your partner, and never worked outside your home? What if you’ve been told you’re a failure so many times that you now believe it, and the anxiety is debilitating? There are job training classes, but even sitting in an alternative classroom immediately following a trauma, isn’t realistic for most people. Either is asking them to leave their children, days after fighting for their lives. Their children are often the only thing they feel that they have left.

What if we changed everything we know about working, to help individuals and families to achieve success? What if rather than interviewing for a position, we interviewed people, and looked at what they could do to help our companies succeed?

Our new Don’t Text Your Ex program will help families affected by domestic violence in a variety of ways. One of the ways is to help non-abusive caregivers get on the path to self-sufficiency. To do this, we’re going to offer short-term employment opportunities to some of the most vulnerable families we serve. Here’s how our short-term employment opportunities will help to put families on the path to success.

We're going to encourage individuals to get out of the house, and into a new and safe environment. When you’ve been through trauma or you are grieving a loss, sometimes you don’t want to talk about what you are going through. Other times, it’s all you can talk about. It’s an awkward state that can lead to isolation. Having a support system in place during this time is crucial. Getting out of your house and around others who get it, is huge.

We're going to help people to set and reach short-term, obtainable goals. This is key when you’re working to rebuild the confidence of others. Confidence is something that these families need. A six-month goal can be too much to take on when you're going through a family court battle. Short term goals can lead to long term goals, but for now, some families just need to get through today.

No one will need to worry about where their children will go or who they will be with. We are a family-friendly workplace. Children can come to work with their adults each and every day.

At Things of My Very Own, we don’t take a cookie-cutter approach to working with children. We build upon individual differences, so that children can contribute their own unique talents to the world. Our goal is to expand upon this to nurture entire families. We need your help to do it.

Please, make the commitment to help children and families impacted by violence. Because when we empower parents, we uplift their children too. We are all in this together.

Please donate today.

Website: thingsofmyveryown.org/donate/

Venmo: TOMVOInc
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One of the most common phrases a person hears after leaving a domestic violence situation is “get a job”. Getting a job is a great goal but it comes with significant challenges. What if you haven’t worked in a long time, or were supported by your partner, and never worked outside your home? What if you’ve been told you’re a failure so many times that you now believe it, and the anxiety is debilitating? There are job training classes, but even sitting in an alternative classroom immediately following a trauma, isn’t realistic for most people. Either is asking them to leave their children, days after fighting for their lives. Their children are often the only thing they feel that they have left. 

What if we changed everything we know about working, to help individuals and families to achieve success? What if rather than interviewing for a position, we interviewed people, and looked at what they could do to help our companies succeed? 

Our new Don’t Text Your Ex program will help families affected by domestic violence in a variety of ways. One of the ways is to help non-abusive caregivers get on the path to self-sufficiency. To do this, we’re going to offer short-term employment opportunities to some of the most vulnerable families we serve. Here’s how our short-term employment opportunities will help to put families on the path to success. 

Were going to encourage individuals to get out of the house, and into a new and safe environment. When you’ve been through trauma or you are grieving a loss, sometimes you don’t want to talk about what you are going through. Other times, it’s all you can talk about. It’s an awkward state that can lead to isolation. Having a support system in place during this time is crucial. Getting out of your house and around others who get it, is huge.

Were going to help people to set and reach short-term, obtainable goals. This is key when you’re working to rebuild the confidence of others. Confidence is something that these families need. A six-month goal can be too much to take on when youre going through a family court battle. Short term goals can lead to long term goals, but for now, some families just need to get through today.

No one will need to worry about where their children will go or who they will be with. We are a family-friendly workplace. Children can come to work with their adults each and every day. 

At Things of My Very Own, we don’t take a cookie-cutter approach to working with children. We build upon individual differences, so that children can contribute their own unique talents to the world. Our goal is to expand upon this to nurture entire families. We need your help to do it.

Please, make the commitment to help children and families impacted by violence. Because when we empower parents, we uplift their children too. We are all in this together. 

Please donate today.

Website: https://thingsofmyveryown.org/donate/

Venmo: TOMVOInc

Comment on Facebook

Ooh... I feel this in so many ways. I wasn't in an 'abusive situation' but my husband suddenly passed away and I haven't worked since we met... (22 years) he was our provider. Looking to get back into the work force after all this time terrifies me. Thank you for all you do, always 💜

TOMVO is by far the best organization and now program I have ever donated to. I am thankful to be able to help as you make such a huge impact on so many. Thank you💚

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Don’t Text Your Ex is scheduled to launch on February 1st. The excitement is building!

Our team is working day and night to prepare in advance. Here’s what one team member had to say about the program. “We’re going to celebrate that these brave individuals have said no to abuse, and yes to believing in themselves. Not texting your ex isn’t always easy, but choosing to live for your children and yourself, is a great cause for celebration.“

If you’re not yet familiar with the program, here’s a summary. Leaving an abusive situation is extraordinarily difficult. It often happens suddenly and there is no time to prepare. There are many uncertainties, such as how to independently support your children and yourself. There are also feelings of loneliness and isolation that come with having to leave everything and everyone you know behind. Don’t Text Your Ex will address many of these issues, by providing expanded services to families with children 17-and-under, who have been impacted by domestic violence.

If you’re ready to stand by children and their non-abusive adults, as they work to stay free from violence, make a donation today. From now through Tuesday, January 24th (that’s tomorrow), anyone who donates $50 or more will receive a free, Don’t Text Your Ex T-Shirt. Just send your donation receipt and shirt size to [email protected] prior to 9pm on Tuesday.

You can make a donation on this post, on our website at thingsofmyveryown.org/donate/ or on Venmo at venmo.com/code?user_id=3670080265127871414&created=1674526974.4676452&printed=1. Our Venmo handle is TOMVOInc.

Help us to cheer these incredible families on!
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Don’t Text Your Ex is scheduled to launch on February 1st. The excitement is building!

Our team is working day and night to prepare in advance. Here’s what one team member had to say about the program. “We’re going to celebrate that these brave individuals have said no to abuse, and yes to believing in themselves. Not texting your ex isn’t always easy, but choosing to live for your children and yourself, is a great cause for celebration.“

If you’re not yet familiar with the program, here’s a summary. Leaving an abusive situation is extraordinarily difficult. It often happens suddenly and there is no time to prepare. There are many uncertainties, such as how to independently support your children and yourself. There are also feelings of loneliness and isolation that come with having to leave everything and everyone you know behind. Don’t Text Your Ex will address many of these issues, by providing expanded services to families with children 17-and-under, who have been impacted by domestic violence. 

If you’re ready to stand by children and their non-abusive adults, as they work to stay free from violence, make a donation today. From now through Tuesday, January 24th (that’s tomorrow), anyone who donates $50 or more will receive a free, Don’t Text Your Ex T-Shirt. Just send your donation receipt and shirt size to info@tomvo.org prior to 9pm on Tuesday.

You can make a donation on this post, on our website at https://thingsofmyveryown.org/donate/ or on Venmo at https://venmo.com/code?user_id=3670080265127871414&created=1674526974.4676452&printed=1. Our Venmo handle is TOMVOInc. 

Help us to cheer these incredible families on!

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I lived it with zero .. I want to help. I will fill out your application.

This is a wonderful idea. I couldn't understand & got zero help from the legal system in the 80s & 90s. I want to know how I can help!!!

One more person trying to collect money off the backs of people who have been victimized I'm so sick of this. No one is going to help you Wendy Tucker no one helped me in the past 4 years after being raped sodomized suffocated and had my genitals mutilated. And come to find out it's all legal in the state of Ohio so there is no victims compensation for any of that.

Remember to kiss your forks and spoons goodbye before leaving the house today. Many schools in the NYS Capital Region are closed today due to the snow storm. If you have multiple preteens and teens, you might get lucky and find a dirty fork in the sink when you return home.

Update: It’s now 6pm. Do you know where your flatware is?
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Remember to kiss your forks and spoons goodbye before leaving the house today. Many schools in the NYS Capital Region are closed today due to the snow storm. If you have multiple preteens and teens, you might get lucky and find a dirty fork in the sink when you return home.

Update: It’s now 6pm. Do you know where your flatware is?

Comment on Facebook

Why is this so true????? 😆 My kids are in COLLEGE and both just went back. Can't find a little spoon anywhere! #savethespoons

Look under the pillows that’s where they usually are when kids are looking for a snow day

How about if they scrape their plate into the trash letting the silverware go with it! I’ve caught that action before! 😡

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