The mission of Arizona Healing House for Children is to heal and nurture the inner being of each and every child, pre-teen and
young adult that has been a victim of abuse or neglect. We will
heal Arizona children ages 4 yrs - 21 yrs of age regardless of race,
religion and background. We will heal the inner beings of these
fragile children and help guide them in to leading productive,
prosperous and drug free lives.
We will provide a safe, nurturing and loving environment to help
these children work through painful past memories. We will use
loving, docile animals to assist with the teachings of forgiveness,
unconditional love and responsibility. We will use sports to help
teach self confidence, respect, accountability and team work. We have a health and beauty program to assist with
the teachings of good health and hygiene further promoting self confidence. We will teach drug prevention and
education for both family and community as we promote and celebrate drug free living. We will show these children
what a happy, loving home looks and feels like. The home that they too can one day create.
Arizona Healing House for Children is non-profit 501(c)(3) Organization
HEALING WITH ANIMALS
We heal young hearts with the help of loving animals. Studies continue to confirm what has always been apparent; animals have a tremendous healing impact on the human soul or inner being, with children being particularly susceptible. The “unconditional love” that animals offer along with their trusting and accepting nature provides numerous psychological benefits to children with obvious benefits of feeling loved and needed as well as the bolstering of self-esteem and enhancing social and interaction skills. Further studies continue to show physical benefits to children as well, such as decreased heart rate and blood pressure when in the presence of animals.
HEALING WITH SPORTS
We will heal these children with the use of sports. Our coaches will help these young lives learn the valuable lessons of teamwork and accountability. In addition to the psychological and physical benefits that sports offer we will also be introducing these children and parents to sports scholarship opportunities as we promote and encourage paths of education. Our sports program will also consist of nutritional health and diet aspects for we believe in healthy bodies along with healthy minds.
A HEALTHY, HAPPY HOME
We will show these children a happy, healthy home. It is a home that loves, welcomes, accepts and nurtures all that enter. It is a home with a fruit basket on the counter, flowers on the table and a cupboard full of healthy snacks. It is a home that has a study and homework room, a TV/Movie room and a laundry facility that can be utilized by our guests. It is a home that will help children celebrate birthdays, holidays, BBQ's and family functions. It is a HOME that will allow children to DREAM of the happy home they too can one day CREATE.
Our facility will offer a peaceful, loving atmosphere and grounds that can accommodate our many outdoor activities, trainings and functions. Our fenced pool will allow for swim parties and BBQ's and will offer swimming lessons for our children to promote safety and water awareness. Our water safety classes will always be free and encouraged for the tragedies of drownings CAN be prevented!
A child in Arizona is abused or neglected EVERY hour! Over 7,500 children in Arizona last year were forced out of their homes due to reports of child abuse. At a time in their fragile lives when the world around them is filled with uncertainty, children are losing the most important element of all, their home. The one place that is supposed to provide love, safety, shelter and security is a place of despair, violence and abuse. The people that are supposed to nurture, love and protect these young lives pose their greatest threat. This has devastating emotional consequences on children that can last a lifetime if gone unaddressed and UNHEALED.
THE FIGHT AGAINST DRUGS - THE FIGHT FOR OUR CHILDREN
Research is now showing that one in four teens has misused or abused a prescription drug in their lifetime. Drug overdoses now EXCEED car crashes as the number ONE cause of accidental deaths in the U.S. Behind these statistics are families and communities that have been torn apart by the misuse and abuse of prescription medicine and, increasingly, heroin.
We MUST STOP this epidemic and the destruction, devastation and tragedy that is left in its wake! We must help educate and empower the families who are grappling and struggling for answers and pleading for help for loved ones addicted to drugs. We must do all that we can to stop addiction before it starts!
Statistics show a staggering 90% of addictions beginning in the teenage years! Campaigns and programs aimed at EMPOWERING teens to make positive life choices must be promoted! We must reduce the tragic overdose trends that are creating heartbreak in families across the country!
Two-thirds of peple in treatment for drug abuse report they were physically, sexually or emotionally abused during childhood. Two-thirds!!!!
Together with Community Bridges, Inc. we will fight this war on drugs and prevent them from taking our youth!!! We will NEVER stop fighting!!! We will NEVER stop the HEALING!!!! Our children are too important and our love too great!
Some studies show as high as 80% of 21 yr olds who reported childhood abuse met the criteria for at least one of the psychological disorders below:
The long-term financial impact of abuse and neglect is staggering. Some estimates indicate a lifetime loss of worker productivity, health care costs, child welfare expenditures and criminal justice expenditures totaling up to $124 BILLION.
- Risk for partner violence
- Illicit drug abuse
- Smoking & drinking at an early age
This could send 1.7 million children to college
OUR PROCESS & IMPLEMENTATION
Our process consists of a healing house and place of love, support and preventative drug education where children will come to help heal their inner beings and learn to love and value themselves and others.
Our process consists of the use of animals to assist us with teaching love, compassion, trust and responsibility.
Our process includes professional counseling in a group setting and a place for children and parents to talk things out in a safe, nonjudgmental and caring environment.
Our process includes drug prevention education for both children, parents and community.
Our process includes drug addiction support and the celebration of sobriety.
Our process includes the use of sports to help teach self confidence, accountability and team work.
To further assist with self esteem and confidence building there will be a healthy, beauty and hygiene aspect to our Healing House.
We will be a place of respite for valued foster parents who are in the trenches day in and day out making a difference in the lives of children.
We will have a sanctuary filled with animals that will assist children in learning unconditional love. The children will be able to love and care for these animals (feeding, bathing, grooming) further teaching them responsibility, trust, kindness and compassion.
We will have a sanctuary that offers a safe and loving environment for children to discuss their pasts and pain in a trusting, loving and non-judgmental atmosphere. Professional guidance will be offered to ensure continued healing for these children’s inner beings.
We will offer preventative drug education for both children and their parents.
We will offer mentorship and support for drug addicts and their continued recovery efforts.
We will have Health & Beauty Advisors to assist with promoting physical well being and positive health.
We will have a sanctuary to celebrate birthday parties, host BBQ’s and holiday parties for children.
Our sanctuary will be a place of peace, love, laughter, healing and hope. It will show our children the beauty and good that life has to offer.
We will teach water safety and provide swim lessons.
To seek out children of abuse and neglect, help them heal their inner beings and show them what a happy and healthy home looks and feels like.
Create a safe and loving environment that children can come to and enjoy birthday parties, holiday parties, BBQ and swim days.
To educate children regarding the destruction of drugs to ensure they will lead sober and productive lives.
To provide drug rehabilitation support for prior drug addicts to convince them of their self worth and ensure their desire to lead drug free lives.
To educate parents on the emerging and ever changing drug trends posing serious risks to our youth.
To teach and encourage sports programs to youth that can further assist with our internal and external goals for their physical and mental well being.
To help promote good nutrition and hygiene with our health and beauty classes.
To help support foster parents and celebrate and appreciate them in the manner that they deserve.
AREAS WE CAN HELP
- Sibling Reuniting
- Respite for foster parents
- Monthly Birthday Celebrations
- Family reunions
- Holiday events
- Graduation Celebrations
- Facility for parental visitations for foster children
- Foster parent training, educating and CELEBRATING the job that they do
- Teaching of everyday living skills for transitioning youth
- On-going training for foster families
- Drug education for parents, families and community
- Summer swim lessons and water safety training
(Arizona Healing House for Children is open to any and all suggestions as to helping
other AZ non-profits, individuals or Organizations that are
protectors and advocators of Arizona's children)