Children that grow up in homes where physical and emotional violence exist learn to live with, and adapt to, the cycle of violence. The tension builds, the violent outburst occurs, and the “honeymoon” phase follows. The victims (children included) live for the honeymoon phase. The children often know that this is the time when the abuser is loving. Mommy and Daddy are happy again and maybe the family has some fun together.
Although children will never understand exactly what happened to create the tension or outburst, they will learn that it is okay to be cruel and hurtful as long as you say you’re sorry and bring presents. They will believe that it is normal to disrespect the people you love. They will learn to express their own feelings by degrading and hurting others or by allowing themselves to be degraded and hurt. No matter how violence in a home is experienced, emotionally, physically and/or sexually, our children are always harmed.
Check out the Spring Issue of the Coastal Grower's Magazine for an article about Harmony At Home. You can find the magazine at the Starr Market in Salinas.
Taylor Farms has adopted two Salinas schools: Bardin Elementary, in the Alisal Union School District, and Sherwood Elementary, in the Salinas City School District.
Taylor Farms is now a Bronze sponsor and is the first leaf on our Adopt-A-School sponsorship tree. Thank you Taylor Farms, for supporting Harmony At Home and the children/families in Salinas.
This year we were delighted to partner with the Monterey Peninsula Foundation through the Birdies for Charity program to maximize our fundraising efforts. Birdies for Charity is an exciting opportunity for our organization to raise money through the 2013 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament and receive up to a 20% match on every donation received. During the program’s five-year history, Birdies for Charity has helped Northern California charities raise over $1,200,000!
Monterey Peninsula Foundation is a nonprofit foundation which hosts the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, one of the most recognized and beloved golf tournaments on the PGA TOUR. The Foundation administers Birdies for Charity and covers all associated costs including processing pledge forms, prizes, and collecting donations. 100% of donations through Birdies for Charity went directly to our organization, plus up to a 20% match. (Additionally, all of your information will be kept strictly confidential and will not be used in any way by the Monterey Peninsula Foundation.)
This year our donors contributed $34,541.37 to Harmony At Home through the Birdies for Charity Fundraiser. The Monterey Peninsula Foundation matched up to 20% and gave HAH an additional $6,498.78. Our total from this year’s event was $41,040.15!
Harmony At Home uploaded a short video to its You Tube Channel from the 4th Annual Luncheon, held on November 2, 2012.
Julianne Leavy, Executive Director of Harmony At Home, was recently interviewed on KION-46 regarding domestic violence.
The clip can be viewed here.
Julianne Leavy, Executive Director of Harmony At Home, sits down with Theresa Wright
of KSBW-8 to discuss the organization's programs. Two of the youth participating in the
Teen Programs were interviewed as well to share, with the community, their experiences.
The show can be viewed here.
Harmony at Home now has a Facebook Page. Click the Like Button if you want to be a fan of Harmony at Home.
Harmony at Home's Executive Director Julianne Leavy was interviewed by KION TV 46 on April 19, 2010. The article entitled "Counseling Helps Kids Stay Away From Violence" is on the KION TV 46 website.