EDGECOMB, Maine, March 11, 2014—On March 3, 2014, New Hope for Women participated in the fifteenth annual Community Read Aloud program organized by United Way of Mid Coast Maine as part of their Success By Six initiative.
The Community Read Aloud effort provides a chance for members of the community to show their dedication to promoting the health of children. Experiences of the early years, either positive or negative, greatly influence the architectural development of a young child’s brain.
For a child living with domestic violence, the most important protective factor is often a caring adult who can be depended upon to provide unconditional love and support. Story time and programs like Community Read Aloud offer a wonderful opportunity for children to build positive bonds with a caring adult while learning an enriching life skill.
New Hope for Women offers support to people in Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox and Waldo counties affected by domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. It also provides important educational resources to assist our communities in creating a safer and healthier future.
In 2013, New Hope for Women served 1138 clients, provided over 3300 hours of direct service, 3200 hours of volunteer hotline coverage, 4100 hours of community & youth education, and nearly 2000 hours of education to 76 clients of the certified batterer intervention program. Additionally, NHFW provided 11 safe home nights to eight individuals, and another 796 nights to six individuals in collaboration with the Shelter-Without-Walls program of the Knox County Homeless Coalition.
Learn more about New Hope for Women at www.newhopeforwomen.org or call 800-522-3304.
Photo Caption: Tina Tucker, Lincoln County Community Educator for New Hope for Women, reads to students at Edgecomb Eddy School on March 3 as part of the United Way of Mid Coast Maine’s Community Read Aloud program.