New Year, New Opportunity: SAVA’s New Year’s Resolutions for 2018
2017 has been a year of change and incredible growth for SAVA Center. All of our programs and services have expanded to reach more survivors throughout the Northern Colorado community. Our staff has learned so much in just 12 months, and we’re excited for increased demand and learning opportunities in 2018.
Here are our goals for the new year:
Serve more survivors of sexual assault
In 2016, SAVA served over 778 survivors through our hotline and therapy services. For 2017, we’ve recognized that this number has increased by at least 15%. 2018 shows no signs of slowing down! We hope to increase our capacity to serve in both Larimer and Weld counties. We’ve added an additional part-time advocate to assist with this increased demand!
Empower more youth to end sexual violence
With the addition of our two COVA Interns, our Prevention Education team is now teaching our SpeakUp! curriculum at 12 schools between Larimer and Weld county. The demand for prevention education in local schools has increased in the last year. Schools have added an elective course for students to participate in prevention education two – three days every week. Middle schools have added two-day grade-long presentations for students.
Provide education throughout the Northern Colorado Community
SAVA, along with It’s On Us – Fort Collins, ensures that everyone who lives in Northern Colorado understands the realities of sexual violence and the importance of bystander intervention. With the new Raise the Bar program, breweries and bar staff learn industry appropriate ways to help the community.
Expand Bilingual Services through therapy and advocacy
In 2017, SAVA became a Bureau of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accredited organization, helping survivors seek legal status. In addition, our Therapy and Advocacy services are available in both English and Spanish for survivors and their loved ones.
While this last year has been our most successful (and busiest) one yet, we could not have done this without you! Our supporters, donors, volunteers and staff keep this organization running. Together we are making a difference in the Northern Colorado community. Let’s keep this momentum going as we enter 2018!