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  • 20 Mar 2019 10:52 AM | Master Web (Administrator)

    Outreach Announcement

    To MenHealing Weekends of Recovery Alumni, Friends, and Supporters

    Introducing Our Newest Board Member

    We are very pleased to welcome Debra Warner, PsyD. as the newest addition to our MenHealing Board.

    Dr. Debra Warner is a leading forensic psychologist, popular speaker, trauma expert, training professional, and author. She addresses diverse topics including PTSD, multicultural therapeutic techniques, gang intervention, prison reform, human trafficking, violence against women, substance abuse, relationships, and mental health. Read More

    Update About Program Evaluation Project

    We are now receiving Retrospective Survey responses from a large sample of WOR Alumni who have enrolled in our Program Evaluation Project. Survey feedback will provide us with data to evaluate the impacts of our Weekend of Recovery/Day of Recovery events. Project Clinical Assistants Nic Siniscalchi and Moses Kairigi are beginning to review the feedback which we will  report to our supporters in the coming months. If you are a WOR Alumnus and did not enroll but still want to participate, enrollment remains open.

    Preparations are being finalized to conduct pre- and post-weekend evaluation feedback, beginning with the 2019 Advanced WOR and on-going for all WOR and DOR events into the future.

    Update on Kilimanjaro Expedition Climb Project

    This 18-month project was a HUGE SUCCESS. We want to thank WOR Alumnus Jordan Masciangelo for his amazing vision, courage, and success in completing his ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro in January.

    Thank you Jordan!


    Thanks also to everyone who so generously contributed financially to support this campaign. Additional donations will be received thru March 31st. On that date the project will be closed and 100% of donations from supporters like YOU will be transferred to the Weekend of Recovery Scholarship Fund.

    WOR/DOR Events Schedule

    If YOU are interested in attending a Weekend of Recovery or Day of Recovery healing retreat – or if you know a male survivor who could benefit from this resource - please check our schedule for 2019 events.  Note that we have confirmed our first event for 2020 to be conducted at Whidbey Institute, WA. from June 5 – 7th, 2020.

    We do not want cost to be a barrier for anyone to attend any of our retreats. 20 - 80% scholarship grants and underwriting discounts are available this year for both triple and double occupancy room selections at all Weekends of Recovery. ALL events have scholarships available; reducing tuition to as low as $160 for the entire weekend.

    Coming Soon:  MenHealing Video Project

    MenHealing is launching a project to produce videos of inspiration and hope for male survivors. 2-4 minute videos will highlight the successful healing experiences of Weekend of Recovery Alumni. David Evanoff, award winning audio engineer, is providing the professional resources of his Sound Designs Recording Studio for this project.


    We have already completed 2 videos, 2 more videos are in the final stages of editing, and additional videos are being planned. We hope to begin releasing these videos within the next several months. They will be posted on the MenHealing website, plus we will circulate them thru You Tube, Face Book, and other social media platforms.

    If YOU are a WOR Alumni and have an interesting story of healing that YOU would like to share, please contact Jim Struve for more information about how you can participate. We hope this will become an on-going project to continue producing videos of inspiration and hope about the healing journeys of male survivors.


    “After Neverland” – Update

    The Oprah Winfrey program “After Neverland” was aired by HBO on 3/4/19 as a follow-up to the two-part “Beyond Neverland” documentary films that focused on sexual assault of males by Michael Jackson. The studio audience was comprised of 100 male survivors, many of whom were WOR Alumni, and featured an interview with Howard Fradkin, WOR Facilitator Emeritus.


    THIS COMPLETE PROGRAM IS NOW ACCESSIBLE FOR VIEWING DIRECTLY VIA YOU TUBE

    Thank YOU

    …to the many current financial donors to MenHealing.

    One man’s healing contributes to generational and cultural social change; YOUR financial contribution supports the empowerment of a larger community of survivors

    Seeking New MenHealing Sustainer Financial Donors


    Three (3) ways YOU can support MenHealing during Sexual Assault Awareness Month:

    • Forward information about MenHealing to one or more other people and help us add new subscribers to our list serv.
    • Support the WOR Retrospective Survey: If you are a WOR/DOR Alumnus and have not yet enrolled, we’d appreciate your participation and feedback – enroll during April; if you’ve already enrolled, send the information to any other WOR Alumni you know and encourage them to enroll.
    • Donate: help us achieve our goal of engaging 30 new recurring sustainer donors (of ANY amount) during April - join us if you are not already a recurring sustainer donor; help us find additional donors if you are already contributing

    We welcome your feedback and any ideas about our work via: contact@menhealing.org

    Jim – for the WOR Facilitator Team
    Executive Director
    MenHealing.org
  • 06 Mar 2019 9:13 AM | Master Web (Administrator)

    "After Neverland" Oprah Program Taping

    “Leaving Neverland” is a controversial film that debuted at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. The 2-part, 4-hour movie focuses on the alleged sexual abuse of young boys by the late iconic musician, Michael Jackson. The movies were aired on the HBO Channel this past Sunday and Monday, 3/3 & 3/4 – and are now available On Demand thru HBO. The PBS News Hour aired an interesting review about this documentary:

    A new documentary is reigniting questions about pop icon Michael Jackson. Airing on HBO, “Leaving Neverland” profiles two men who say Jackson sexually abused them as children. One of them, Wade Robson, testified in Jackson's defense during a trial that saw him acquitted of child-molestation charges. John Yang talks to director Dan Reed about why he wanted to tell the troubling story.   Watch the full PBS segment 

    On Wednesday, 2/27 Oprah Winfrey taped a program – “After Neverland” that was aired on HBO on Monday, 3/4.


    The studio audience was comprised of 100 male survivors, many of whom were WOR Alumni. Oprah interviewed the two male survivors who are the focus of the documentary. In addition, “After Neverland” featured Anthony Edwards, a WOR Alumni and current Vice Chair of 1-in-6 (1-in-6.org ). Also featured in this program is Howard Fradkin, WOR Facilitator Emeritus. Howard offers a summary statement about his experience.

    "Healing is infinitely accentuated when done in community.  On Wednesday, February 27th, Oprah Winfrey once again empowered an entire community of survivors, their families and allies, as we sat together to tape a special show, “After Neverland.” Read more



    Invisible Faces Conference

    Jim Struve - MenHealing Executive Director - will be a Featured Speaker at the 2019 Project Life Conference: “Invisible Faces: Working With Under-served Populations in Human Trafficking.” This day-long symposium – in San Diego on March 28, 2019 - will address special considerations for working with men, boys, LGBTQ, and other under-served populations in Human Trafficking. The focus for Jim’s Presentation will be Understanding the Experiences of Male and LGBTQ Survivors.

    This event is presented by North County Lifeline and is open to first-responders, community members, and anyone working with survivors. For complete schedule and registration link here.

    WOR Alumni Volunteers WANTED for Night of Healing
    at Columbia University

    MenHealing will be collaborating with Taking Back Ourselves (TBO) for an exciting Night of Healing event at Columbia University on April 11th.  We are seeking a couple of WOR Alumni in the New York City area who are available to participate in a Survivor Panel for this event.


    From Mikele Rauch, TBO Executive Director who is coordinating this event:

    "We have two, hopefully three incredible TBO Alumni who will be speaking, and we would like and welcome a man to speak about the gifts and challenges of recovery.

    Also, if you have a piece of art, either from the Weekends or that you have created yourself--or a poem that you have written that you would like to be exhibited, please send me photos so we can determine how to exhibit them."

    If YOU are a WOR Alumnus and are interested and available to participate, please contact Mikele at mikelerauch@gmail.com


    Update about Program Evaluation Project

    Thanks to the large number of WOR Alumni like YOU who have enrolled in the Retrospective Survey to gather program evaluation information about the impact of attending a Weekend of Recovery/Day of Recovery event on your healing journey. Surveys have now been sent to everyone who has enrolled. If you are a WOR Alumnus and did not enroll but still want to do so, enrollment remains open:  https://menhealing.org/page-18171 

    2019 WOR/DOR Events Schedule

    If YOU are interested in attending a Weekend of Recovery or Day of Recovery healing retreat – or if you know a male survivor who could benefit from this resource - please check our schedule of 2019 events.

    We do not want cost to be a barrier for anyone to attend any of our retreats. 20 - 80% scholarship grants and underwriting discounts are available this year for both triple and double occupancy room selections at all Weekends of Recovery. ALL events have scholarships available; reducing tuition to as low as $160 for the entire weekend.


    Thank You

    …to the many current financial donors to MenHealing.

    One man’s healing contributes to generational and cultural social change; YOUR financial contribution supports the empowerment of a larger community of survivors

    Seeking New MenHealing Sustainer Financial Donors

    April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. We are seeking at least 30 new sustainer donors who can pledge a recurring monthly financial contribution of any amount to MenHealing. Please consider whether YOU can join this campaign by making a recurring sustainer pledge and helping us to reach our goal of 30 new recurring sustain supporters by the end of April 2019.



    We welcome your feedback and any ideas about our work via: contact@menhealing.org

    Jim – for the WOR Facilitator Team
    Executive Director
    MenHealing.org
  • 20 Feb 2019 8:04 AM | Master Web (Administrator)

    Outreach Announcement

    To MenHealing Weekends of Recovery Alumni, Friends, and Supporters:

    Program Evaluation Project – Update on Enrollment Invitation

    Thanks to the active outpouring of WOR/DOR Alumni who have already enrolled in the Program Evaluation Project. This Project is designed to gather feedback so we can learn more about Alumni experiences from the 72 WOR/DOR events that have been conducted.


    If you know other Alumni, YOU can help us further expand the pool of participants by forwarding the enrollment invitation to them in case they haven't already heard about this project. The enrollment invitation will also remain open on the MenHealing website for future Alumni to join as well.

    Updates to MenHealing Web Site

    Check out the redesigned WOR/DOR events section of our website.



    If YOU have feedback for additional changes to the MenHealing website, please submit comments and ideas to Jim Struve at
    jim@jimstruve.com  


    WOR Scholarship Fund is Available to Help YOU

    …if YOU are a male survivor

    We do not want cost to be a barrier for anyone to attend any of our retreats.

    20 - 80% scholarship grants are available for both triple and double occupancy room selections at all events.   Registration fee is inclusive of all meals, lodging, and event tuition.

    With scholarship assistance the final cost for attending a Level 1 WOR ranges between $180 -$720 /person for triple occupancy rooms and $210 - $849/person for double occupancy rooms.

    And – we welcome donations to help us maintain an active Scholarship Fund so we can continue to keep our events accessible male survivors who have limited financial resources or who experience financial hardship.



    The full schedule of Weekend of Recovery and Day of Recovery events for 2019

    …is posted at the MenHealing website.


    Registration for the remaining Advanced and Level 1 WOR events in 2019 will each open 4 months prior to the starting date of the event.

    Registration remains open for two 2019 Day of Recovery events that will be available FREE TO MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENTS.  These DORs are a collaboration between the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center and MenHealing.   READ MORE



    Financial Outreach

    …to the many financial donors to MenHealing. We encourage YOU to join our growing community of supporters.

    One man’s healing contributes to generational and cultural social change; YOURfinancial contribution supports the empowerment of a larger community of survivors

    Consider making a financial gift! One-time donations of any amount make a tremendous difference – and we especially welcome new recurring sustainer donations.


    Wewelcome your feedback and any ideas about our work via: contact@menhealing.org

    Jim – for the WOR Facilitator Team
    Executive Director
    MenHealing.org
  • 06 Feb 2019 8:03 AM | Master Web (Administrator)

    Outreach Announcement

    To MenHealing Weekends of Recovery Alumni, Friends, and Supporters

    Whidbey Weekend of Recovery

    Registration remains open until February 15th for the Whidbey Institute WOR that will be conducted March 8 – 10, 2019. We do not want cost to be a barrier for anyone to attend any of our retreats. 20 - 80% scholarship grants and underwriting discounts are available for double occupancy room selections. This allows access to the WOR event for as low cost as $210 (with 80% scholarship grant).


    For more information or to register, click here

    The Kilimanjaro Expedition Challenge is a Success!

     

    For those of you who may have missed the previous announcement, WOR Alumnus Jordan Masciangelo was successful in his goal to reach the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro on January 24th – the exact day of his 35th birthday. His climb was a project to raise money for the WOR Scholarship Fund.

    Initial feedback received from Jordan about his experience:

    "As you know, I successfully completed the Northern Circuit of Mount Kilimanjaro! The entire experience was extremely challenging, both physically and mentally, but also completely transforming.

    My team was absolutely fantastic and helped me through every step I took. They even carried an entire birthday cake and bottle of champagne to the summit! When I made it to the top, they were there ahead of me singing and dancing, celebrating my accomplishment and my birthday. It was one of the most heartwarming things I've ever been a part of."

    Upon his return from this expedition, Jordan is planning to begin work on a video to document his inspiring journey. In his own words:  

    "I hope that MenHealing (and I) will have an effective marketing tool on the power of the Weekend of Recovery program."

    It’s not too late to join the large community of supporters who have already made a financial contribution. 100% of all donations to the Kilimanjaro Expedition Climb will be used to increase the MenHealing Scholarship Fund. 


    Program Evaluation Project – Update on Enrollment Invitation

    Thanks to the robust response from WOR Alumni who have already enrolled in the Retrospective Survey to provide program evaluation feedback about the WOR/DOR events. If you are a WOR Alumnus and have not yet enrolled, here’s the link . And, we encourage you to forward the enrollment invitation to any WOR Alumni with whom you are still in contact, via Facebook, e-mail, or any other method of notification. Thanks for helping us to reach other Alumni.

    Enrollment will remain open thru February 2

    Program Evaluation Project – Staff

    We want to update the Project Staff (link to website info) for the Program Evaluation Project – as pictures and biographical information were incomplete in the January 23rd Outreach Announcement. We want to insure that the staff for this project receive the full public acknowledgement that they deserve for this pioneering project.

    Uma Dorn, MenHealing Board Member, is Project Director.

    For more information about Uma, click here..

     

    Nic Siniscalchi, ACMHC:   Clinical/Research Assistant

    Nic is currently obtaining his  M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Utah. Read more

    Moses Kairigi: Program/Research Assistant 

    Moses is a Counseling Psychology Ph.D. student at the University of Utah. Read more

    Request for WOR/DOR Alumni Feedback

    If you are an WOR/DOR Alumnus, we have 2 specific opportunities for how you can help us with our efforts to reach more survivors. Consider whether you can contribute to either or both of these requests:

    • (1)   In our effort to improve our website, we want to add a section that identifies specific questions that potential registrants may ponder in their consideration of whether to register for a WOR or DOR event. Please submit the one or two most important questions that you needed to clarify before you made the decision to register PLUS how you would answer each of these questions now that you have the experience of having attended a WOR/DOR event.
    • (2)   Consider submitting a concise testimonial that describes your reflections about how the WOR/DOR impacted your healing journey.

    Submit any replies to jim@jimstruve.com – clarify whether you want your name to accompany your submission or if you preferred to be anonymous. Your contributions will assist us in enhancing the quality of our MenHealing website.


    The full schedule of Weekend of Recovery and Day of Recovery events for 2019

    …is posted at the MenHealing website. We do not want cost to be a barrier for anyone to attend any of our retreats. 20 - 80% scholarship grants and underwriting discounts are available for both triple and double occupancy room selections at all events.

    Registration remains open for two 2019 Day of Recovery events that will be available FREE TO MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENTS - read more


            

     

    Thank YOU

    …to the many financial donors to MenHealing. The number of recurring sustainer supporters is increasing and we have already received several generous financial donations during this first month of 2019. 

    One man’s healing contributes to generational and cultural social change; YOUR financial contribution supports the empowerment of a larger community of survivors.

    We welcome your continued support. Consider making a financial gift! One-time donations of any amount make a tremendous difference – and we especially welcome new recurring sustainer donations.



    We welcome your feedback and any ideas about our work via: contact@menhealing.org

    Jim – for the WOR Facilitator Team
    Executive Director
    MenHealing.org
  • 23 Jan 2019 8:26 AM | Master Web (Administrator)

    The Kilimanjaro Expedition Challenge is in process!

    Today is the 7th day of WOR Alumnus Jordan Masciangelo’s trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro. He is expected to reach the summit tomorrow (January 24th) – which is Jordan’s 35th Birthday.


    Thanks to Jordan for this bold, inspiring, and successful fund-raising campaign. It’s not too late to join the large community of supporters who have already made a financial contribution. 100% of all donations to the Kilimanjaro Expedition Climb will be used to increase the MenHealing Scholarship Fund. 


    Tyler Perry Foundation Gift

    A heart-felt THANK YOU to the Tyler Perry Foundation for a generous financial gift to MenHealing. We will use this money as direct service to support expanded access for underserved male-identified survivors. For more information about the Tyler Perry Foundation, please check their website:  http://perry-foundation.org

    Introducing the Newest Member of our WOR Facilitator Team

    We welcome Tosin as the 15th member of our Facilitator Team.

    Oluwatosin (Tosin) Akindele is a licensed master social worker who is passionate about disrupting the negative stigma around mental health in communities of color. Upon earning his master’s degree from the New York University Silver School of Social Work, he began his career in foster care, working to reunite youth with family resources and providing long-term permanency for youth aging out of care. Complete Bio

    Program Evaluation Project – Enrollment Invitation

    Thanks to a generous financial gift from a MenHealing supporter, we have officially launched a long dreamed for Program Evaluation Project. An invitation was sent yesterday to as many of the 1500+ WOR/DOR Alumni for whom we have active contact information. We are seeking to enroll as many Alumni as possible for a Retrospective Survey to help us identify specific ways that participation in our events has contributed to effective healing. MaleSurvivor.org is helping us with distribution of this Survey Invitation, to ensure we reach as many Alumni as possible. If you are an Alumni or spouse of an alumni and did not receive an invitation, you can access here. Also, if you are still in contact with an Alumnus who did not receive this invitation, please forward this information.

    We will expand this Project to begin on-going pre- and post-event Program Evaluations, beginning with the March 2019 WOR. We are implementing the structure for securing follow-up qualitative as well as quantitative feedback for on-going future events.

    Program Evaluation Project – Staff

    Welcome to our energized and competent Project Staff


    Uma Dorn,
    PhD, PC
    MenHealing Board Member

    Project Director


    Nic Siniscalchi has been hired as Clinical/Research Assistant

    Nic is currently obtaining his  M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Utah. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Utah State University, with a minor in Organizational Communication. Read more

    Moses Kairigi has been hired as Program/Research Assistant

    More information about Moses in our next Outreach Announcement


    Whidbey Weekend of Recovery

    Registration is open for the Whidbey Institute WOR that will be conducted March 8 – 10, 2019. We do not want cost to be a barrier for anyone to attend any of our retreats. 20 - 80% scholarship grants and underwriting discounts are available. Registration for the Whidbey WOR will remain open until February 15th.


    Massachusetts Day of Recovery events:  June 8th & 9th, 2019

    Registration remains open for two 2019 Day of Recovery events that will be available FREE TO MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENTS


    Male survivors do not always know where to reach out to for support in their healing journeys. Boston Area Rape Crisis Center is here to support male survivors, and we’re excited to team up with MenHealing to offer a powerful experience: Days of Recovery are coming to Waltham and Boston on June 8 and Boston on June 9.    READ MORE

    The full schedule of Weekend of Recovery and Day of Recovery events for 2019

    …is posted at the MenHealing website. We do not want cost to be a barrier for anyone to attend any of our retreats. 20 - 80% scholarship grants and underwriting discounts are available for both triple and double occupancy room selections at all events.

    Dare to Dream

    WOR Co-Chair Emeritus will be featured in a Dare to Dream event in Dayton, OH on January 23rd. The film “Boys and Men Healing” will be featured, followed by a panel of male-identified survivors facilitated by Howard. This event is free to the public. Click the image for a printable flyer.


    MenHealing Website Archives

    All past MenHealing Outreach Announcements are now archived and can be accessed at the “Stay Informed” section of our website.  Check out any previous issues whenever you need.

    At the website, you can also access archival pictures for many of the T-Shirts that have been made by WOR Alumnus during weekend events.

    Thank YOU

    …to the many financial donors to MenHealing. The number of recurring sustainer supporters is increasing and we have already received several generous financial donations during this first month of 2019. 

    One man’s healing contributes to generational and cultural social change; YOUR financial contribution supports the empowerment of a larger community of survivors.


    We welcome your continued support. Consider making a financial gift! One-time donations of any amount make a tremendous difference – and we especially welcome new recurring sustainer donations.

    We welcome your feedback and any ideas about our work via: contact@menhealing.org

    Jim – for the WOR Facilitator Team
    Executive Director
    MenHealing.org
  • 09 Jan 2019 11:11 AM | Master Web (Administrator)

    Happy New Year to all of our Weekend/Day of Recovery Alumni, Allies, and Supporters. We wish each of you an empowered and healthy beginning to 2019.

    The Kilimanjaro Expedition Challenge has finally arrived! 

    Here are some words from WOR Alumnus Jordan Masciangelo as he begins his journey on January 16th, 2019:


    What started out as a lofty notion of an impossible adventure is finally about to become reality.

    Not going to lie, this campaign has been rough. Over 2 years ago, the idea of climbing a mountain to inspire and raise money for male survivors seemed like a no-brainer. The #MeToo movement was in full swing and I truly believed that I would raise buckets of money for charity and that media outlets would be clambering to cover the story - but the truth was neither of those things and, in turn, very humbling.

    After 8 months of almost zero traction, I decided to push the climb back a year and start over. After another 6 months of almost nothing, I began to think that I had bit off more than I could chew; major doubts began to set in. Would I be able to get anybody to really care about what I was doing and why? Is it important for them to care in the first place?

    Well, I've never been a quitter and the answer is yes! It is very important!   Read More

    MenHealing will send periodic updates as Jordan continues on his climb. He is scheduled to summit on January 24th – which is Jordan’s 35th Birthday. 100% of donations to the Kilimanjaro Expedition Climb will be used to increased the MenHealing Scholarship Fund.


    2019 Healing Retreats

    Massachusetts Day of Recovery events:  June 8th & 9th, 2019

    Registration is now open for two 2019 Day of Recovery events that will be available FREE TO MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENTS


    Male survivors do not always know where to reach out to for support in their healing journeys. Boston Area Rape Crisis Center is here to support male survivors, and we’re excited to team up with MenHealing to offer a powerful experience: Days of Recovery are coming to Waltham on June 8 and Boston on June 9. Click either date to learn more.

    Whidbey Institute (Clinton, WA) Weekend of Recovery: March 8 – 10, 2019


    Registration for Whidbey is NOW OPEN

    We do not want cost to be a barrier for anyone to attend any of our retreats.  20 - 80% scholarship grants and underwriting discounts are available this year for both triple and double occupancy room selections at all Weekends of Recovery.

    The full schedule of Weekend of Recovery and Day of Recovery events for 2019 are posted at the MenHealing website

    MenHealing Board has successful retreat in December 2018


    Board members met for a very productive day-long working retreat. Current members include: Joanna Colrain, Uma Dorn, Maria Estrada, James Ott, Jaye Rieser, Andrew Swindle, and John Walker.

    MenHealing T-Shirts

    Members of the Facilitator Team, Board, and Support Staff will be wearing MenHealing t-shirts to honor Jordan during his Kilimanjaro Expedition Climb. Board member, Andrew Swindle, models one of these shirts.


    We are reviewing whether to make shirts available for sale on our website in the future.

    Thank YOU

    …for the many supporters of MenHealing who made generous end of 2018 financial donations.  

    One man’s healing contributes to generational and cultural social change; YOUR financial contribution supports the empowerment of a larger community of survivors

    We welcome your continued support. Consider making a BEGINNING OF 2019 financial gift! One-time donations of any amount make a tremendous difference – and we especially welcome new recurring sustainer donations.



    Wewelcome your feedback and any ideas about our work via: contact@menhealing.org

    Jim – for the WOR Facilitator Team
    Executive Director
    MenHealing.org
  • 13 Dec 2018 9:57 AM | Master Web (Administrator)

    Outreach Announcement

    To MenHealing Weekends of Recovery Alumni, Friends, and Supporters:

    2019 Events

    Weekend of Recovery and Day of Recovery events are posted at the MenHealing website

    Whidbey Institute Registration is NOW OPEN


    Days of Recovery Registration will open on JANUARY 8thRead more about these DOR events



    Expanded Financial Support for 2019 WOR and DOR Events

    If YOU have limited financial resources or are experiencing financial hardship, please know that generous Scholarship Grants are available upon application.

    • MenHealing continually seeks scholarship support for participants. These financial resources allow us to reduce the barriers for male-identified survivors of sexual violence who desire to access the healing services that we provide. Please consider a scholarship donation here

    Kilimanjaro Expedition Climb


    IN ONE MONTH...

    Weekend of Recovery alum and MenHealing volunteer, Jordan Masciangelo, will embark on a month-long adventure to East Africa where he will take on the earth's tallest freestanding mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro.

    As part of this incredible adventure, Jordan has raised almost $6,000 in donations that he has dedicated back to MenHealing. Read More


    Welcome our New Board Members

    Andrew Swindle       
    Board Treasurer

    Andrew Swindle is the Director of Major Gifts at the University of Utah College of Engineering. In his role, Andrew focuses primarily on individual giving and alumni engagement. He has served in various advancement roles at the University of Utah, including Director of Advancement for the School of Dentistry and Major Gift Officer in the Central Development Office.  Read More



    Maria Estrada              
    Board Diversity Advisor

    Maria Estrada came to the US from her native Colombia in 1988. She graduated from Virginia Tech in 2001 and received her PHD from the Education, Culture, and Society Department at the University of Utah in 2009.  She works within the conservation movement for The Nature Conservancy where she works on building strong relationships of trust and mutuality internally and externally with diverse of partners.   Read More


    Introducing the Newest Member of our WOR Facilitator Team

    Rich Sims, Somatic Educator & Martial Artist

    Rich has worked with methods of Body Awareness, the Martial Arts and mindfulness practices for over twenty-five years. He utilizes this experience while teaching people how to create a mind body state of power and relaxation. From here he shows how to use this new empowered state to work through troubling emotions or circumstance. Read More

    End of Year Opportunities to Support MenHealing

    One man’s healing contributes to generational and cultural social change; YOUR financial contribution supports the empowerment of a larger community of survivors.

    As we reach the final 3 weeks of 2018, we want to THANK each of YOU who have generously contributed to MenHealing during 2018. We are especially grateful for several very generous financial gifts we have received within the last 30 days.  THANKS IN ADVANCE to any of YOU – Alumni and Supporters – who are still able to offer financial support as an end of year donation. Or perhaps a beginning of 2019 gift! One-time donations of any amount make a tremendous difference – and we especially welcome new recurring sustainer donations.

    Thanks to each of YOU for your continued interest and support. Best regards for an prosperous New Year. Expect our next Outreach Announce in 4 weeks (January 9th).

    We welcome YOUR FEEDBACK and any ideas about our work via: contact@menhealing.org

    Jim Struve

    Executive Director,
    MenHealing/Weekend of Recovery

  • 14 Nov 2018 2:44 PM | Master Web (Administrator)

    Outreach Announcement

    To MenHealing Weekends of Recovery Alumni, Friends, and Supporters:

    WOR News Updates

    Social Media Outreach for Veterans Day

    MenHealing is becoming more active on social media, thanks to the volunteer efforts of two WOR Alumni:  Jordan Masciangelo and Eric Jennings. Here’s a sample of their splendid efforts, with this posting for Veteran’s Day.



    If you are not already following us on FaceBook, Instagram, and/or Twitter, please join!

         

    Night of Healing Event a Success



    This year’s event in Salt Lake City was hosted and organized by Taking Back Ourselves. MenHealing and 16 other organizations participated as co-sponsors. TBO Executive Director, Mikele Rauch, was in Salt Lake for the event and Jim Struve, MenHealing Executive Director helped to facilitate a panel of 5 inspiring WOR and TBO alumni:  THANKS to Drew, Jeff, Juanita, Libby, and Sam for your courageous voices. Nearly 100 people attended the event.

    Here are words from Mikele that summarize the event:

    "…[November 8th] -- was a miraculous testimony to the strength of love, and fierce healing power of community.

    Thank you to all our collaborators. It was a true inspiration to know how powerful the community of care is in Salt Lake City. I have not seen such a phenomenal professional community like that in any big city anywhere in the country!

    It was especially inspiring to see the military and the police there to serve and to support survivors of sexual assault.  Your support and sensitivity, your commitment to educating your professionals can truly change the culture and be a model for the rest of the country."

    End of Year Opportunities to Support MenHealing

    As we move into the final 45 days of 2018, we want to appeal to as many of you as possible to consider how YOU might support us in our continued campaign for increased financial sustainability. Included with this week’s Outreach Announcement are several different ways to contribute.

    For YOUR Birthday, a Special Holiday, or ANY Day of the Year! – Facebook Fundraisers for MenHealing

    Great news for Facebook users! You can now set up your own fundraiser on behalf of MenHealing. The set up is easy and donations will come directly to us.

    Simply click this image and then click on the "Raise Money" button and the prompts will instruct you in setting up your fundraiser. Be sure to choose MenHealing: Weekends of Recovery.

    One supporter recently did this for his birthday and raised SEVERAL HUNDRED dollars as a charity contribution to MenHealing.      

    Contribute to MenHealing By Shopping

    Amazon Smiles will donate .5% of ALL your purchases - YEAR ROUND! YOU just need to register with Amazon Smiles, and designate us as your preferred charity. If you plan to shop on-line for Cyber Monday (November 26th) this would be a great time to sign up!

    Smith’s Food & Drugs Rewards Card includes an “Inspiring Donations” program; .5% of YOUR purchases will be donated to MenHealing. Just follow these instructions:
    (if you already have an account, go to step B)

    (a) visit  https://www.smithsfoodanddrug.com and create an account; 
    (b) once you are signed in, go to “My Account” tab, then “Inspiring Donations” tab;
    c) designate MenHealing as your preferred organization;
    (d) Use the Rewards Card every time you shop
    Smith's Companies will soon have this same benefit extended to Kroger and Fred Meyer Rewards Cards – so follow-up soon with those stores if you shop at them! Support MenHealing on Giving Tuesday



    In support of GivingTuesday on November 27, 2018, Facebook is partnering with PayPal to match up to $7 million in donations made on Facebook.

    That means your gift will have DOUBLE the impact!

    * Donations up to $250k per nonprofit and $20k per donor are eligible to be matched.

    * Facebook and PayPal will match donations starting at 5am PST on November 27 and continue matching donations to nonprofits until the $7M match runs out. Simply visit our Facebook Page on Tuesday the 27th and click on our DONATE button.

    Save on YOUR Taxes by Giving to MenHealing


    Here are two ways to consider:

    Giving appreciated stock you’ve held for more than a year is a better tax strategy than giving cash. If you donate stock that has increased in value since you bought it more than a year ago – and if you itemize deductions -- YOU can take a charitable deduction for the stock’s fair market value on the day you give it away. You’ll also avoid capital-gains taxes on the increase in value over time, which you would have had to pay if you sold the stock then gave the charity the cash proceeds.

    Another donation option to consider, if you’re over 70.5 years old, is a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) from your tax-deferred retirement account, such as a traditional IRA.


    A QCD is a tax-free distribution from a retirement account that can be donated directly to a qualified charity and be used to meet up to $100,000 of the required minimum distribution on your retirement account. You don’t have to include that distribution into your taxable income, thereby reducing your tax burden.


    Here's some expert advice about giving stock and/or QCD donations before the end of the tax year: 
    Gifts of Stock and Charitable Donations: The Basics of Giving

    One-Time or Sustainer Donations


    As always, we welcome YOUR support thru one-time or recurring "sustainer" donations. We are now able to process one time financial contributions directly thru our website, using the secure AffiniPay platform (an affiliate of Chase Bank). This offers an alternative for those of YOU who have been requesting we provide an alternative to PayPal for making YOUR contributions. Sustaining donations are still made through PayPal, but will be changed to the AffiniPay platform soon.

    Let Us Know if YOU Have Other Ideas or Suggestions
       

    We are interested in exploring any other options for fund-raising that you may have. And if you have questions about any of the options included in this announcement, please let me know – I’ll be glad to clarify.




    We welcome your feedback and any ideas about our work via: contact@menhealing.org

    Thanks for joining us in any of these ways to contribute financially to support the work of MenHealing.

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING to each of YOU in whatever way you celebrate this Holiday. 

    Jim – for the WOR Facilitator Team
    Executive Director
    MenHealing.org
  • 06 Nov 2018 9:01 AM | Master Web (Administrator)

    Outreach Announcement

    To MenHealing Weekends of Recovery Alumni, Friends, and Supporters:

    WOR News Updates

    Whidbey Institute Level 1 Weekend of Recovery A Success


    Our inaugural Weekend of Recovery conducted at the Whidbey Institute venue was a huge success. The staff and physical facilities are perfect for our needs and provide a nurturing space for healing. We are excited to now have a regular presence in the Northwest, with future events already being scheduled for Whidbey Institute.

    As a testimony to the incredible strengths and talents of WOR Alumni, we’re including a link to an inspiring song – Voice of Victory - written and produced by Anthony Martin, one of our new WOR Alumni. Information about the song from Anthony:

    “[This song was written] … to describe what it's like to be raped, invisible and alone, but as a survivor the voice of victory chorus gives one the inspiration to rise from the ashes of abuse and darkness to victory.  In the end - a declaratory chorus is echoed with a resolve that personifies the spirit of victory over defeat.”

    Thank you, Anthony, for sharing your music with other Alumni and supporters of the WORs. 

    Click the link above to listen, right click and "save link" to download for future playing.

    Night of Healing Event in Salt Lake City

    A final reminder that MenHealing is collaborating with Taking Back Ourselves – a national organization that conducts weekend healing retreats for female-identified survivors of sexual violence – to co-sponsor a Night of Healing event in Salt Lake City:  6 – 9 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7, 2018.

    A number of WOR Alumni will be sharing their journeys of recovery through Art, Music, and personal stories of healing.

    MenHealing Announces a Generous Financial Gift

    In addition to many generous gifts to MenHealing during 2018, we have recently received a very large donation which has been designated for us to use in the following ways:

    • Underwriting sponsorship for all four WORs that are scheduled for 2019. This will subsidize many aspects of operating expenses required to conduct each WOR, including:
    • Increase the Scholarship Fund to allow grants to a maximum of 80% of event fees
    • Expand scholarship grants to be available for both double and triple room options and to allow consideration of grants for participants with physical needs that require scholarship assistance for single room occupancy
    • Guarantee a fair and respectful stipend payment for members of the Facilitator Team
    • Financial resources necessary to launch a Research and Program Evaluation Project – more news about this exciting project will be included in the November 14th issue of the MenHealing Outreach Announcement
    • Seed money to establish a MenHealing Endowment Fund to support our goals of achieving long-term financial sustainability
    • Funding to underwrite the expenses for a 2019 Staff Retreat
    • Financial support to guarantee the continued positions for Web Master and Outreach Coordinator for the next 12 months

    This generous donation in no way meets our complete budget nor our plans for growth and outreach. We want to invite YOU to join us in this new momentum of financial support. Please consider whether you can join the growing number of Alumni and Supporters who are contributing to MenHealing thru one-time or recurring financial gifts – at any level of charitable, tax-deductible donation.


    2019 Days of Recovery

    The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) has secured grant money to contract with MenHealing to conduct two Day of Recovery events in MA for each of the next two years, with possible extension of the grant period for four years. Dates for the 2019 DORs have been set for June 8th & 9th and physical venues have been secured for these two events. More information about these DORs will be including in up-coming MenHealing Outreach Announcements.

    Lululemon Miami and MenHealing get fit for men's health!


    Lululemon Athletica has been prioritizing community for years. The international athletic apparel giant prides itself on its "community legacy," the company's social responsibility strategy.

    This year, Lululemon Miami is focusing on men's health and how our communities can begin conversations beyond just the doctor's office and help support men in new and authentic ways. 

    In partnership with WOR alum, Jordan Masciangelo, Lululemon Miami has chosen MenHealing and Jordan's Kilimanjaro Expedition Challenge as the benefactor nonprofit for their 2nd annual "Compete for a Cause" crossfit competition!

    100% of proceeds from the fitness competition will go to MenHealing's scholarship program!

    The event kickoff party at Society Barbell & Fitness was a couple of weeks ago with the main event being held at Shazam Fitness in Miami on November 17th.

    If you are in the area and want to register for the event or for more information, visit: Facebook.com/lululemonmiami

    Stay tuned for news from the event...


    Amazon Smiles Opportunity

    Until midnight November 2nd, all purchases on Amazon Smiles will result in 10X the usual donation to our charity! 



    Thanks again to each of YOU who are supporting the work of MenHealing

    We welcome your feedback and any ideas about our work via: contact@menhealing.org

    Jim Struve

    Executive Director,
    MenHealing/Weekend of Recovery

  • 10 Oct 2018 10:41 AM | Master Web (Administrator)

    Outreach Announcement

    To MenHealing Weekends of Recovery Alumni, Friends, and Supporters:

    WOR News Updates

    Facilitator Team Prepares for Upcoming Whidbey Institute Level 1 Weekend of Recovery


    The Facilitator Team is in the final stages of preparation for the 2018 Whidbey Institute Level 1 WOR. We look forward to our inaugural event at this newest venue in expanding locations. Although registration is now officially closed, we may still be able to accommodate a few additional participants if inquiries are received within the next several days. We have also scheduled to return to Whidbey Institute for our first WOR event of 2019 (March 3 – 10, 2019).

    Scholarship Fund Report

    Thanks to generous financial contributions from MenHealing supporters like YOU, we were able to provide scholarship assistance to ONE THIRD of the participants who attended 2018 WORs. This is the first year that we have been able to offer financial grants to 100% of scholarship applicants. We are immensely grateful to supporters like YOU who made it possible for so many worthy male-identified survivors to gain access to these WOR events. With an expanded number of events scheduled for 2019 (three level 1 WORs, one Advanced WOR, and 2 Days of Recovery), we appeal to YOUR ADDITIONAL SUPPORT to continue increasing our Scholarship Fund. With YOUR HELP we seek to minimize financial barriers and provide support for even more male-identified survivors to access our healing events.    


    Night of Healing

    MenHealing is honored to collaborate with Taking Back Ourselves – a national organization the conducts weekend healing retreats for female-identified survivors of sexual violence – to co-sponsor a Night of Healing event in Salt Lake City on November 7, 2018. TBO has been instrumental in organizing Night of Healing Events in several other cities (Boston, MA and Columbus, OH) – and now is partnering with a coalition of grassroots organizations to conduct the 6th annual Night Of Healing in Salt Lake City, UT.


    This Night of Healing will provide a space for survivors of all genders to join together in lifting the veil of secrecy and shame. Join us as we celebrate the resilience of the human spirit and share our journey of recovery through art, music, and our stories of healing.

    November 7, 2018
    6pm-9pm

    Urban Arts Gallery

    116 S Rio Grand Street
    Salt Lake City

    For more information download flyer



    Innovative Prevention Approach to Decrease Sexual Violence

    In this time of confusing messages about what constitutes sexual violence, here is a very creative program by a school teacher who seeks proactively to educate her students about the issue of consent. We thought YOU – our Alumni and Supporters – might find this information of interest, and potential useful in your contact with children and youth in YOUR life.

    Teacher's Simple Chart
    Breaks Down The Idea Of Consent For Kids

    a California teacher momentarily set aside the usual school subjects of reading and math to talk about another important topic: consent. Read more


    Supporting the Voices of WOR Alumni

    Individual Alumnus frequently send information about ways the WOR program has empowered them to expand their life and thrive. One example is the number of Alumni who are demonstrating their newly-acquired courage by publicly sharing their personal narratives. In this edition of the MenHealing Outreach Announcement, we highlight several publications from WOR Alumni.  We will allow each publication to stand on its own, without any additional review or commentary.


    Author’s Description: The book tells the stories of Jim & Jerry - Gay Identical Twins – and the sexual, emotional, and physical abuse in our family of origin beginning at age 11. It talks about our recovery from multiple addictions that became a way to numb our pain. And the expansion of our creativity in sobriety. Jim is a writer and painter and poet. Jerry is a professional actor singer director producer.

    Date of Publication: 2017

    Available on Amazon.com for 17.95
    Available from authors by sending a check for 15.00 to Jerry Miller
    5650 N. Kenmore Ave #507
    Chicago, IL 60660
    Feedback or Inquires gaev5@yahoo.com




    Author’s Description:   Waging Justice is a personal memoir. In unflinching prose, Dr. Zeitz shares a lifetime of struggles and hard-won lessons as a doctor, activist, father, and son. His complex dance between healing others and healing himself ultimately transforms the inexplicable anger and disappointment he felt at the state of the world and his own past into full throttled, open-hearted, soul-satisfying action set on a global stage. Waging Justice is a personal story and also a universal one: a story of action, of courage, and of forgiveness; and a rallying cry to wage justice in our lives, speak the truth, be bold, and take action in the world today.

    Date of Publication:  September 2018

    Available:   Balboa Press in hardback, softback, or e-book;  Amazon.com in hardback, softback, or kindle; Barnes and Noble in hardback or softback

     


    Author’s Description:  An urgent and timely memoir exploring the reality of childhood sexual abuse, a scourge on too many neighborhoods, often hiding in plain sight. Millions of victims remain silent, buried under the weight of their own guild, shame, and addiction.

    Date of Publication: February 2018
    https://www.breakingtheruhls.com/

    Available: Amazon.com Barnes & Noble


    We welcome submissions from any WOR/DOR Alumni who have interesting stories or reports of success to share with us for possible inclusion in future MenHealing Outreach Announcements.

    Financial Outreach

    Thanks – as always – to YOU: our Alumni and supporters. YOU are the lifeblood that sustains the work of MenHealing. Each of YOUR INDIVIDUAL contributions are helping us to build the framework for long-term sustainability – one supporter at a time. Please consider whether YOU can join our community of financial supporters with a one-time or recurring sustainer gift.


    We welcome your feedback and any ideas about our work via:
    contact@menhealing.org

    Jim – for the WOR Facilitator Team
    Executive Director
    MenHealing.org
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