Over 6,500 children are referred every year to the Monterey County Family and Children Services unit because of neglect, physical or sexual abuse, parental absence or similar reasons. While there are programs dealing with such problems after they occur Harmony At Home, a non-profit agency, is focused on preventing this cycle of violence and abuse before it begins.
Domestic violence is an escalating pattern of assaultive and/or coercive behaviors that may include physical, sexual and emotional abuse. Domestic violence affects victims in all walks of life, regardless of race, social or economic status. Unlike most other crimes, victims of family violence are injured by the people they trust and love.
Violence in the home affects everyone in the household.
Harmony At Home is helping school children learn alternatives to violence through our Sticks & Stones® school-based counseling program. Operating in Monterey County since 1997, Sticks & Stones® serves children who have been exposed to violence and trauma. The response from teachers and Principals has been overwhelmingly positive, and they would like us to expand our presence in their schools. We would like to increase our hours, but we need the funding to do so. Therefore, if you would like to sponsor a school through our Adopt-A-School program, please call us at 831-625-5160. You can help play a key role in breaking the cycle of violence and abuse in families in Monterey County.
Here is what one Sticks & Stones® Counselor has to say about the program:
“Many students at Creekside Elementary have experienced trauma in their young lives, from the loss of a parent, to domestic violence in the home, to the divorce of their parents. As a counselor for Sticks & Stones®, I have seen the children grow and mature, become better communicators, learn how to show respect and empathy to one another, and share their feelings in healthy ways. As the students’ abilities to connect with one another increase, their successes in school increase as well. Their grades, ability to concentrate in class, and ability to get along with their teachers all improve. This program benefits not only the individual students and their families, but the entire school and community as well.”
Tracy Keenan, Sticks & Stones®Counselor
Creekside Elementary School, Spring 2006
Taylor Farms California has adopted three Salinas schools, sponsoring the Sticks & Stones® school-based counseling program for the current school year. This is the second year that Taylor Farms has participated in our Adopt-A-School sponsorship, earning them a Silver Leaf on our Adopt-A-School sponsorship tree. Thank you Taylor Farms, for supporting Harmony At Home and the children/families in Salinas for a second year!
Pacific International Marketing has adopted two Salinas schools, sponsoring the Sticks & Stones® school-based counseling program for the current school year. This is the first year that PIM has participated in our Adopt-A-School sponsorship, earning them a Bronze Leaf on our Adopt-A-School sponsorship tree. Thank you PIM, for supporting Harmony At Home and the children/families in Salinas!
Harmony At Home is gaining more and more support from the Salinas Agricultural community and we look forward to acknowledging more businesses as they continue to participate in our Adopt-A-School Sponsorship Program.
Adopt a School Sponsorships:
Gold Sponsor (for services at 4 schools) …… $44,000
Silver Sponsor (for services at 3 schools)….. $33,000
Bronze Sponsor (for services at 2 schools)… $22,000
You can sponsor one school for ……………….$11,000
Click below to become a sponsor or donate to the Adopt-A-School Program: