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  • 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
  • 26 Sep 2018 10:40 AM | Master Web (Administrator)

    Outreach Announcement

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

    WOR News Updates

    Registration Deadline Extended for Whidbey Institute Level 1 Weekend of Recovery

    The deadline for accepting registrations for the Whidbey Institute Level 1 WOR has been extended until September 30th. We have recently expanded our outreach network in several Western States. Therefore, we want to insure that male-identified survivors who have just learned about this healing retreat have ample time to submit registrations. This healing retreat – our final WOR for 2018 - will be conducted at Whidbey Institute (north of Seattle) on October 19th – 21st, 2018. Space is still available. Scholarship grants are also still available upon request with submission of Scholarship Application.



    Voice of A MenHealing Colleague

    Mic Hunter is a long-time pioneer for the efforts to expose important issues concerning sexual violence and promoting social justice in the efforts to help survivors heal from their trauma. We are currently witnessing a firestorm that exposes the realities about how public officials and prominent protagonists respond to allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior. We want to share with our subscribers some helpful guidance that Mic offered in a 2007 publication.

    Reprinted from: Honor Betrayed: Sexual Abuse In American’s Military by Dr. Mic Hunter, Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist.

    The Offender Response

    When confronted with overwhelming evidence of their crimes sex offenders tend to react in a predictable manner. They may concede that they are guilty of a minor wrong doing, but they will continue to insist that because they are otherwise nice decent people they were not really being abusive. They will act remorseful but are actually filled with resentment and self-pity because they see themselves as the real victims in the situation. In other words, they not upset by what they did, but only that they are being held accountable for their actions.

    Although not all offenders offers up every one of them, there is a common pattern of defenses to an accusation of sexual abuse. 

    COMMON PATTERN OF OFFENDER RESPONSE (read more)

    Mic has been a long-time colleague, supporter, and friend for most members of the WOR Facilitator Team. Thanks to Mic for helping us to decipher the unfolding dynamics that surrounds our current time in history.


    The Voice of a WOR Facilitator

    The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange has just published an article by Kenton Kirby, the newest member of our WOR Facilitator Team:  Mental Health Providers Need to Reach Young Men Before More Lives Are Lost. We encourage our subscribers to read this powerful and well-written article.

    Congratulations, Kenton!
    Read Article

    Website Update

    Expanded Domain Accessibility

    We have expanded the accessibility of our website by completing the process of acquiring the domain addresses for weekendofrecovery.org and weekendofrecovery.com. Both addresses have now been transferred to MenHealing, allowing all internet searches with those words to be routed to our MenHealing web address. We hope this will expand our out accessibility for male-identified survivors who are searching the internet for healing resources.


    Expanded List Serv

    Trisha Massa – our MenHealing Outreach Coordinator – has been very successful in her campaign to expand the visibility of our organization and the healing resources of our WOR events. As a result of her efforts, we have increased the number of subscribers to our list serv by 20%.

    If you know anyone who would like to join our mailing list, please feel free to invite them.

    Kilimanjaro Expedition Climb

    Kilimanjaro Expedition

    WOR Alumnus Jordan Masciangelo continues his diligent commitment to the Kilimanjaro Expedition Climb. This is a personal goal for Jordan to express the power of his healing and recovery – as well as his effort to give back to the WOR program for the help he received. Proceeds from his fund-raising campaign will be donated to MenHealing. Jordan has now secured logistical planning arrangements to begin his climb on January 16th and to summit (the peak is 19,100 feet) on January 24th – the exact date of his 35th Birthday.   We are so grateful to Jordan for organizing this incredible project and welcome any supporters who want to contribute to his fund-raising campaign.


    Financial Outreach

    Based on feedback from Alumni and Supporters, we have modified our Donations menu bar. The process of making donations and directing your financial gifts is now more user-friendly. In addition, we have implemented changes that allow us to process all single donations directly thru our website, using AffiniPay (a secure platform that is an affiliate of Chase Bank) as an alternative to PayPal.

    Sustaining donations are still being handled by PayPal in the short term - we are working towards also shifting those donations to AffiniPay as soon as possible.

    We thank our supporters who expressed your comments about these website issues – your continued feedback allows us to remain responsive and flexible to the maintenance of MenHealing as a grassroots organization.


    As always, a special “Thank You” to our financial supporters. Each of your contributions are helping us to build the framework for long-term sustainability. Please consider whether you can join our community of financial supporters with a one-time gift or recurring sustainer gift.



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

    Jim Struve
    Executive Director
    MenHealing/Weekend of Recovery

    MenHealing.org
  • 08 Aug 2018 10:36 AM | Master Web (Administrator)

    Board News

    Although the Weekend of  Recovery program will celebrate our 18 year anniversary in September 2018 and our up-coming Advanced Weekend of Recovery (August 10 – 12, 2018) will be our 70th event, MenHealing as a free-standing 501(c)3 organization is slightly less than 8 months old. A central goal of our new organizational venture is to achieve on-going sustainability. Forming and maintaining a healthy, creative, and collaborative Board is an essential building block to enhance a sustainable future.

    To that end, the MenHealing Board is working hard to build the structures of leadership and oversight that promote an organizational culture that is congruent between our mission and our methods of daily operation and decision-making.

    The Board had a very productive meeting on August 5th.

    Current Board members – from left to right:  Jaye Rieser, James Ott, Uma Dorn, (Joanna Colrain – on computer screen via Zoom link), John Walker, and Kristy Bartley.

    Officer positions and areas of leadership were approved at this 8/5 meeting:

     Board Chair
     Joanna Colrain
     Board Secretary
     Kristy Bartley
     Board Treasurer
     Jaye Rieser
     Research Project
     Uma Dorn
     Special Projects
     James Ott
     Alumni Outreach
     John Walker

    The Board will focus on recruiting new members to expand the size and diversity of this governing body. The Board is committed to building a collaborative working relationship with the Facilitator Team. To that end, Board members and Facilitator Team will share time together as part of the up-coming Facilitator Staff Retreat, which will be conducting at Alta Lodge, UT. after the Advanced WOR.


    2018 WORs Update

    The Facilitator Team is in the final stages of preparation for the 2018 Advanced WOR which will be conducted at Alta, UT. this weekend, August 10 – 12th at scenic Alta, UT. This year’s Advanced WOR will focus on the theme “Relationships & Intimacy.”

    We continue to receive registrations for the October 19 -21, 2018 Level 1 WOR at Whidbey Institute, WA


    Registration for the Whidbey Institute Level 1 WOR will remain open until September 19th. We have a generous pool of scholarship funds available for male-identified survivors who have needs for financial assistance. Scholarship applications are available here.

    Alumni News

    We often hear feedback from WOR Alumni who have transformed their lives after having attended a Weekend or Day of Recovery event. It is gratifying when Alumni find creative ways to “pay it forward” by contributing to our long-term goal of sustainability. 

    This week’s Announcement highlights the efforts of Jordan Masciangelo – a WOR Alumni who is spearheading the Mt. Kilimanjaro Expedition Climb. Jordan is planning this climb sometime in the early months of 2019. This Expedition project is intended to raise donated funds that can support the work of MenHealing and the WORs.

    Below is a report from Jordan about a very successful fund-raising event he conducted on July 27th in Miami.  THANK YOU JORDAN!!!


    MENHEALING

    Making Waves in Miami!


    A big big thank you!

    Droves of Miamian fitness enthusiasts came out to sweat for a cause at the Challenge Leads To Change Epic Fundraiser last Saturday at the Epic Hybrid Training studio in Coral Gables.

    Weekend of Recovery alumnus and MenHealing support staff member, Jordan Masciangelo, organized and executed our first fundraising event down in sunny South Florida to great success!  After a tough-as-nails HIIT workout, participants enjoyed snacks, drinks and an incredible prize giveaway while

    Jordan shared his story, his mission to help male-identified survivors and spoke about the work MenHealing is doing communities all across the country.


    “So much of the work we do in this field can be very doom and gloom - and while sexual abuse is definitely no laughing matter, the recovery and reclaiming process doesn’t always have to be so dire. I wanted to hold an event that would not only raise money and give me a venue to speak to folks who may not normally have the opportunity to learn about male sexual victimization, but I wanted the event to be fun and accessible. My goal is to educate, to inspire and to promote hope and healing, and I think we did just that. The turnout and support has been, frankly, quite moving. Things are changing.”

    When planning the event, Jordan was conservative with his fundraising goal, not really knowing how responsive the community would be to the subject matter, but by the end of the afternoon, his goal was nearly doubled - raising more than $3,000 in just a couple of hours!

    The Challenge Leads To Change Epic Fundraiser was a huge success and just a  part of a larger vision Jordan has for male-identified survivors...

    A year ago, Jordan made the decision that it was his time to give back to the survivor community and in partnership with MenHealing, Jordan set out on a fundraising project aimed at raising funds for the Weekend of Recovery Scholarship Program while inspiring other male survivors to do more with their lives.

    “I want to challenge complacency and change the meaning of the label survivor,” Jordan says.

    Out of his desire to prove that men who have been sexually abused can be so much more than just survivors, the Kilimanjaro Expedition Challenge was born.

    This challenge will take Jordan to wilds of East Africa next winter as he attempts to summit Mount Kilimanjaro - a behemoth of a mountain and one of the highest peaks on the planet. The adventure is designed to inspire male survivors of sexual abuse to break free from the confines of mere survival - all while promoting  male sexual victimization awareness and focusing on what can be rather than what was.

    We are not here to survive, we are here to live.

    To donate to Jordan’s mission and for more information on The Kilimanjaro Challenge Expedition,  visit www.menhealing.org/Kilimanjaro

    Financial Outreach

    Thanks to everyone who has contributed financially - thru one-time as well as on-going recurring donations - to support the work of MenHealing and our Weekend of Recovery programs. We are grateful for your confidence in our capacity to promote the highest quality of healing resources for male-identified survivors of sexual trauma.

    Please feel free to send your feedback and any ideas about our work via: contact@menhealing.org

    Jim Struve, MenHealing Manager
    for the Weekend Of Recovery Facilitator Team

  • 25 Jul 2018 10:16 AM | Master Web (Administrator)

    MaleSurvivor/MenHealing Collaboration

    Representatives from MenHealing have been in dialogue with Murrary Schane (current MaleSurvivor Board President) and several MaleSurvivor Board Members to establish an active and on-going connection between the two organizations.

    We are excited to announce that both organizations have officially agreed to restore our historic connection.

         

    The Weekend of Recovery program will remain with MenHealing. MaleSurvivor will continue to maintain a robust presence for education and networking. Although we will retain our identities as two distinct organizations, we will embark on active collaborations as we move forward. We are committed to avoid duplication of services.

    MaleSurvivor and MenHealing will join together to exchange media postings that support the activities and events of both organizations.

    MenHealing will join with MaleSurvivor to collaboratively plan a 2019 Conference, which will be conducted on Friday, April 26th and Saturday, April 27th, 2019 at the University of Houston. We have ambitious plans to expand the concept of the conference to address the fragmentation between all the services and agencies reaching out to male survivors. As we begin this conference planning process, we welcome your feedback. Do not hesitate to share any ideas or resources, including possible funding sources, that you might have. Please feel free to send your feedback and any ideas about our work via: contact@menhealing.org

    Thanks to all of the supporters and friends of both MenHealing and MaleSurvivor. We are grateful for your confidence in our capacity to promote the highest quality of healing resources for male-identified survivors of sexual trauma.

    Jim Struve, Manager

    MenHealing Weekends of Recovery

  • 18 Jul 2018 10:12 AM | Master Web (Administrator)

    2018 WORs

    Hope Springs WOR


    We completed a very successful Level 1 WOR at Hope Springs on July 6 – 8, 2018.  As always, the Hope Springs staff and venue were spectacular. We welcome the new WOR alumni from this weekend into our growing community of survivors and allies.

    With the addition of these new alumni, we have now provided healing services for 1496 survivors since our WOR program began in 2001.

    Advanced WOR

    Registration is now closed for the 2018 Advanced WOR that will be conducted at Alta Lodge on August 10 – 12, 2018. We are especially excited to have the inclusion of partners for this weekend, which will focus on “Intimacy and Relationship.” We have a good balance of couples and single participants for this year’s Advanced WOR. Staff are in the final stages of preparation for this exciting event.


    Whidbey Institute WOR

    Registration remains open for the Level 1 WOR at Whidbey Institute that is scheduled for October 19 – 21, 2018. We have already received a robust number of registration for this weekend. Registration will remain open until September 19th.


    2019 WORs

    A list of our currently scheduled 2019 events is posted on our website. We have 3 level 1 WORs and 1 advanced WOR scheduled at this time. 

    Staff Retreat

    The Facilitator Team is actively planning for our annual 2 ½ day staff retreat, which will be conducted at Alta Lodge immediately following the Advanced WOR. We will address planning issues for an expanded event schedule for 2019; conduct in-service sessions to address ways to enhance our inclusion of somatic modalities as well as to address our needs for greater diversity in our program activities; and review considerations for adding facilitators to our team and possible re-structuring of our registration fees.


    Public Outreach

    Expanding Public Awareness About Male Sexual Trauma

    As the #MeToo movement continues to expand public awareness about the epidemic of sexual trauma, we are grateful for the growing inclusion of narratives from male-identified survivors. Two recent news items may be of interest to MenHealing subscribers.

    NPR Saturday Weekend Edition aired a news segment on June 23rd that addressed sexual abuse and assault in American Muslim communities. This segment included information about male-identified survivors. To access and listen to this important news report click HERE.

    Playboy Magazine published an article - How Do Male Survivors Fit into #MeToo? - written by Adam Kovac. Our esteemed colleague and friend, Richard Gartner, PhD, was quoted in this June 21st article.

    Another colleague is working on a project to co-edit a book on “Sexual Boundary Violations in Psychotherapy.” This book seeks to include information about male-identified survivors who have been sexually abused or assaulted by a psychotherapist. We are seeking to hear from any WOR alumni or supporters who have been sexually victimized by a therapist, or who know about incidents of this kind of sexual victimization. We are seeking to facilitate a confidential process for anonymously answering questions about the abuse/assault, its circumstances, the relationship, the consequences, and thoughts about its occurrence. Please contact Jim Struveif you are interested in helping with this project.


    Financial Outreach

    We are grateful to MenHealing supporters who have contributed generously to our WOR Scholarship Fund. Because of your support, we have already granted scholarship assistance to 12 survivors so far in 2018. We are expecting to approve additional scholarships for the Whidbey Institute WOR. Without this scholarship help, many of these survivors may not have been able to attend the 2018 WORs.


    Thanks to everyone who has contributed financially - thru one-time as well as on-going recurring donations - to support the work of MenHealing and our Weekend of Recovery programs.

    We also want to remind our alumni and friends to consider inclusion of MenHealing Weekends of Recovery in your personal will or trust by beneficiary designation.  If you have already named MenHealing as one of your beneficiaries or if you would like to discuss doing so, please contact Jim Struve (MenHealing Manager). 

    THANK YOU to each of you who have chosen to support our organization. You are helping us to continue reaching for our goal of long-term sustainability. 


    Thanks again for your continued interest and support for our Weekend of Recovery activities. Please feel free to send your feedback and any ideas about our work via: contact@menhealing.org

    Jim – for the WOR Facilitator Team
    Manager, Weekend of Recovery

  • 20 Jun 2018 10:09 AM | Master Web (Administrator)

    2018 WORs Update
    Registration is now open for the October 19 -21, 2018 Level 1 WOR at Whidbey Institute, WA.  

    We are grateful to add this facility to our increased list of venues, as it provides an ideal setting for our healing work. 

    To learn more about Whidbey Institute, click here.

    The inclusion of Whidbey Institute in our schedule of Level 1 WORs provides a much-need expansion of our events into the Northwest Region.

    Registration for the Whidbey Institute Level 1 WOR will remain open until September 19th. We have a generous pool of scholarship funds available for male-identified survivors who have needs for financial assistance. Scholarship applications are available here.

    The 2018 Advanced WOR is scheduled for August 10 – 12th at scenic Alta, UT.; Registration remains open until July 10th. This year’s Advanced WOR will focus on the theme “Relationships & Intimacy.”

    Completion of a Level 1 WOR is a prerequisite for the Advanced WOR. This weekend is designed to be inclusive of both participants who are single or in a relationship; participants are able to attend alone or with a partner. Scholarship funds are still available for the Advanced WOR

    Financial Outreach

    Thanks to the growing number of financial supporters of MenHealing. We are grateful to everyone who has contributed, both thru one-time as well as on-going donations.

    We want to remind our alumni and friends of another way to consider supporting our long-range goal of building the foundations for future sustainability:  consider inclusion of MenHealing Weekends of Recovery in your personal will or trust by beneficiary designation.  If you have already named MenHealing as one of your beneficiaries or if you would like to discuss doing so, please contact Jim Struve (MenHealing Manager). 

    THANK YOU to each of you who have chosen to support for our work. Our success depends upon your support.


    Thanks again for your continued interest and support for our Weekend of Recovery activities. Please feel free to send your feedback and any ideas about our work via: contact@menhealing.org

    Jim – for the WOR Facilitator Team
    Manager, Weekend of Recovery

  • 30 May 2018 10:07 AM | Master Web (Administrator)

    Outreach Announcement

    The current issue of the Journal of Community Corrections includes an article authored by Jim Struve (MenHealing Manager) and Joanna Colrain (MenHealing Board Member): “Trauma: The Not So Silent Undercurrent for Refugees in Community Corrections Programs” - Volume 27, Number 03, Spring 2018, pp. 7 – 12 (6).

    This article can be accessed for paid download by clicking the logo below:


    2018 WORs Update


    A reminder that registration for the
    Hope Springs Level 1 WOR scheduled for July 6 - 8, 2018 in Ohio will remain open until June 6th.  Please help us to expand our outreach if you have access to organizations and list servs that can help us reach additional male survivors. 

    Registration for the Advanced WOR is open until July 10th. This year’s Advanced WOR will focus on the theme “Relationships & Intimacy.” Completion of a Level 1 WOR is a prerequisite for the Advanced WOR. This weekend is designed for participants who are single or in a relationship; participants are able to attend alone or with a partner. Registration will remain open until July 8th.

    We are excited to be adding a Level 1 WOR at a venue in the Northwest. The Whidbey Institute Level 1 WOR (located on Whidbey Island in Washington State) is scheduled for October 19 - 21, 2018. Registration will open on June 19th and remain open until September 19th.

    Scholarships are available for all these weekends.


    Financial Outreach

    We are receiving a steady increase in sustainer contributions for MenHealing; supporters who are pledging recurring financial donations. THANK YOU to each of you who have chosen to commit your on-going support for our work. If you are not already a sustainer, please consider whether you can join our community of financial supporters with a one-time gift or recurring sustainer gift. Our success depends upon your support.


    Thanks again for your continued interest and support for our Weekend of Recovery activities. Please feel free to send your feedback and any ideas about our work via: contact@menhealing.org

    Jim – for the WOR Facilitator Team
    Manager, Weekend of Recovery

  • 08 May 2018 10:34 AM | Master Web (Administrator)
    Board of Directors


    I am delighted to announce the addition of a new member for the MenHealing Board:

    Dr. Uma Dorn is a faculty member within the Counseling and Psychology program at the University of Utah as well as maintaining a small private practice. She has extensive clinical experience working with children and families to heal from trauma resulting from child maltreatment.

    In addition to serving on the Board, Dr. Dorn will assume the role of Director for the new MenHealing Research Project.

    For more pictures and information about the full Board, visit MenHealing.org

    Research Project

    Initial planning has begun to implement an official Research Project to document the effectiveness of the Weekend of Recovery program.  Although 69 WORs/DORs have been conducted between 2001 and 2017, we have never included a formal research component to our program. Therefore, we are excited to move forward with the design of a formal research project to document our work.


    The aims of this research project are to: (1) study the effectiveness of the three-day Weekend of Recovery (WOR) and single Day of Recovery (DOR) retreats; 2) apply research findings for program improvement for WOR’s and DOR’s; (3)  apply findings to broaden outreach and understand program needs for the inclusion of diverse populations; and (4) more effectively train clinicians across the nation to treat male-identified survivors.

    Dr. Uma Dorn is the Research Project Director. We have submitted a grant to seek funding to hire a clinical graduate student to provide additional staff support for this project.

    Day of Recovery Expansion

    The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) has recently been granted funding from the MA Office of Victim Assistance to contract with MenHealing to conduct Day of Recovery events for male-identified survivors of sexual trauma. This grant will provide funding for two DOR events for each of the next two program years (July 2018 – June 2019), with possible extension for an additional two more years. The DORs will offer free access to male-identified survivors who are residents of Massachusetts. Plans are already underway to determine dates and locations for these healing events.

    2018 WORs Update

    A reminder that registration for the Hope Springs Level 1 WOR scheduled for July 6 - 8, 2018 in Ohio will remain open until June 6th. 2018.

    Registration for the Advanced WOR is open until July 10th. This year’s Advanced WOR will focus on the theme “Relationships & Intimacy.” Completion of a Level 1 WOR is a prerequisite for the Advanced WOR. This weekend is designed for participants who are single or in a relationship; participants are able to attend alone or with a partner.

    The Whidbey Institute Level 1 WOR (located on Whidbey Island in Washington State) is scheduled for October 19 - 21, 2018. Registration will open on June 19th and remain open until September 19th.

    Scholarships are available for all of these 2018 Weekends.


    Financial Outreach

    Thanks to those of you who have contributed financially to support the work of MenHealing. We are especially gratified by our growing base of “sustainer” financial supporters. Please consider whether you can join our community of financial supporters with a one-time gift or a recurring sustainer gift. Our success depends upon your support.

    We have also signed up with Amazon Smile. Simply click on the link below and choose MenHealing as your charity. Every time you shop on Amazon a portion of your purchase will be donated to help with scholarships and operating expenses.


    Thanks again for your continued interest and support for our Weekend of Recovery activities. Please feel free to send your feedback and any ideas about our work via: contact@menhealing.org

    Jim – for the WOR Facilitator Team
    Manager, Weekend of Recovery

    PS: Stay current and follow the news being posted on the MenHealing feeds for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram if you have not already done so – and help us expand our outreach to your friends on these social media platforms.

    Please send any submissions of materials to Jim Struve:  jim@jimstruve.com

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