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Family Services Alliance and United Way of Southeastern Idaho – Live United

Family Services Alliance and United Way of Southeastern IdahoMay 14, 2019

POCATELLO - Family Services Alliance of SE Idaho is proud to be a partner with United Way of Southeast Idaho! Family Services Alliance serves victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, rape, stalking and human trafficking. We do this through a variety of free and confidential services which are provided in a trauma-sensitive setting. FSA’s mission is to promote safe and thriving families, work to end physical, sexual and emotional abuse and provide victim support.

Anyone who is affected by power-based violence, whether this is happening right now or has happened in the past and is still affecting one’s life, qualifies for free and confidential services at FSA.

Advocates offer support to help people who are in crisis and address safety needs.

• Emergency Shelter

• Safety Planning

• Crisis Intervention

• Court/Legal and Medical Advocacy

• Support and Advocacy Groups

• Address Economic Abuse

Counselors offer long-term emotional healing services to assist individuals healing from traumatic experiences.

• Individual Mental Health Counseling

• Sexual Assault Survivor Services

• Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

• Play Therapy

• Trauma-Focused CBT

• Parent/Child Therapy

• Therapeutic Groups

• Trauma-Informed Restorative Yoga Classes

FSA empowers survivors, assists families in the healing process and in coping with trauma symptoms and works toward the end of abuse and violence by supporting children who have been affected by violence. If you or someone you know can benefit from our support, please contact us!

FSA also offers fun events to increase awareness and build connections. FSA offers a safe space and activity for families to have fun together, which is an important part of the healing process. Learn more about these family-friendly, free and fun community events by following our Facebook page. Everything at FSA is provided at no cost through the generous support of donors like you and United Way of Southeast Idaho. We can only do our good work with the good work of our friends at UWSEI.

We are strongly committed to the United Way Pillars. We see the positive change in the people we serve as we think about how best to meet education, health and financial stability needs.

Education: FSA provides a leadership group for teens that have been exposed to violence. This group is designed to both offer support, healthy relationship education and healing after traumatic experiences in the home. Counselors offer children who have been exposed to violent socio-emotional care. When children meet their mental health needs, they do better in the learning process and in relationships. Emergency shelter staff work with parents to ensure that children do not experience a disruption in education due to entering the shelter.

Health: FSA provides care to victims of domestic and sexual violence and offers medical advocacy as victims seek healing care. Mental health counseling is available at no cost! Many victims of abuse experience suicidal ideation due to their traumatic experiences. FSA staff help individuals navigate difficult thoughts and feelings, increase coping skills and manage trauma symptoms. FSA has a 24-hour crisis hotline available to all victims of abuse. FSA also responds onsite to the hospital as victims endure the sexual assault examination process and offers support and care during this time.

Financial Stability: FSA provides an emergency shelter for victims experiencing homelessness due to domestic violence. Advocates then assist victims to access housing resources and budget appropriately to maintain the household, even offering job and education assistance so victims can meet both short and long-term goals related to financial stability.

To learn more about Family Services Alliance, please join us for Celebration of Voices at Rosewood Event Center on Thursday, June 27, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. Celebration of Voices is just that – a celebration of survivors and their journeys.

Sarah O’Banion serves as the executive director of Family Services Alliance. She is honored to work with survivors and the team at FSA. The positive change she sees as a result of the work of FSA and UWSEI is truly amazing. Experiencing the generosity of our community is an experience of gratitude and humbleness that gives her chills!

Please contact Sarah O’Banion at 208-232-0742 or saraho@fsalliance.org for more information. An advocate is available any time, day or night, by calling 208-251-HELP (4357). Thank you for supporting the life-changing and life-saving work of Family Services Alliance.

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