The Crime Victim Advocacy Program (CVAP) has been in full swing since the beginning of July with two amazing new programs that focus on holistic healing that are free for anyone who has been impacted by crime.
We encourage you to learn about our new programs below and share them with your circle of friends, family members and coworkers.
The first new class is called Young at HeART. Young at HeART is a free 10-week group for adults 55 years of age or older who have been impacted by criminal violence.
The group provides members with the opportunity to connect with others, who share similar experiences, while creating expressive art pieces that share their story and wisdom.
The goal with this group is to create an environment where participants feel empowered to make their own mark with confidence. One objective is to engage in creative arts activities that reduce stress, increase self-esteem, and enhance concentration all while making new social connections. No previous art or craft experience needed. Class cost is free and all art supplies are provided.
Young at HeART will be held on Monday’s starting in July from 12:30 to 1:30 pm 1335 11th Ave, Longview.
The second new class is the Inner Harmony Women’s Journaling group. This is a free 10-week program for women 18 years of age or older who have been impacted by crime.
Much like verbal journaling, visual journaling is a way to record life’s experiences. Instead of words, visual journaling involves the use of color, shape, or image to reflect a deep internal language that words cannot always describe. This group incorporates expressive writing techniques and creative arts activities that encourage self-exploration, reclaiming control, and the development of inner harmony. Participants will learn about visual journaling while creating their own journal the first week. Afterward, each week different themes and ideas will be given, providing group members time to create entries that give voice to the soul while focusing on exploring the self and expressing emotions.
This group will be taking place on Friday’s starting in July from 5 pm-6:30 pm at 1335 11th Ave in Longview. All supplies are provided.
To sign up for either or both groups please contact Cathy Reed at the Emergency Support Shelter at 360-353-5777 ext 18.
If you or anyone you know has been impacted by crime or is a victim of crime please know that a CVAP advocate can be reached Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 p.m. at 360-703-3762 or after hours and weekends at 888-288-9221.