Every once in a while, life throws a curveball that makes you reassess the way you’ve been doing things. That’s definitely been my personal experience over the past year, and so I’ve found myself thinking about ways to work and live with greater impact.
All of this to say - I’ve restructured the business model at Redefined Communications to purposefully focus on charitable giving. From now on, anytime you work with us on a writing or editing project, or a blogging strategy, you’re also contributing to a good cause.
This year, I’m choosing to name Childhelp - a leading national nonprofit dedicated to helping at-risk, abused and neglected children - as our beneficiary. As part of the program, I’m pledging to support Childhelp’s mission in the following ways:
When a new client signs on to work with us at the monthly retainer level, we will donate $100 to Childhelp in that client’s name
If this new client was referred to us by an existing client or contact, then we will also donate an additional $50-$100 to Childhelp in the referring person’s name
We will donate 2% of our annual revenue to the Childhelp Children’s Center of Arizona Dedicated to Linda Pope
We will assist in spreading the word about important Childhelp initiatives, and plan a group contribution to its annual holiday toy and clothing drive
Childhelp’s work aligns with a personal mission of mine and I want you all to know that I’ve put much thought and care into naming them as our first partner. I’m incredibly inspired by the work that they do around prevention and treatment of child abuse, particularly in their Children’s Center of Arizona in downtown Phoenix.
As part of my research, I toured the center with three Childhelp representatives last month and I honestly can’t even put into words the experience. The level of child-focused care that they provide - from law enforcement to legal, medical and mental health services - floored me. I wasn’t just impressed and emotionally moved, I was also grateful and relieved to see an advocacy center built entirely on the philosophy of holistic care and treatment of trauma.
When a kid comes into the Childhelp Children’s Center of Arizona, they’re not just moved through a system and sent on their way. First and foremost, they’re provided with secure and caring connection via a child advocate.
Then, they’re given personalized medical attention, everything from clinical services to occupational therapy and child-friendly psychological treatment. If the victim’s situation requires ongoing treatment, Childhelp not only provides it, but ensures there’s a safe plan in place to provide the care. Children come back to the center as often as needed.
The center’s services - even the law enforcement and legal aspects - are done in a way that helps prevent retraumatization. To a child, seeing a doctor or talking with a police officer can oftentimes feel as scary as the abuse itself. So, Childhelp Children’s Center of Arizona goes out of its way to meet the kids’ needs without elevating fear or anxiety.
Doctors wear scrub pants with regular, oftentimes brightly colored t-shirts, and officers are in plain clothes and never with badges or guns on display. Before a kiddo goes in for his or her initial therapy appointment, they’re first guided to a toy closet where they pick a new item just for themselves.
This might seem like a small gesture, but for a kid who’s lived through trauma, it’s a powerful experience to have something all their own - a happy moment and maybe even a protective amulet of sorts to carry along their healing journey.
The center itself is warm and welcoming, designed in many ways to encourage play, but more importantly to show the children that they are safe, to ease tension, if even for a moment.
And That’s Just A Small Piece Of The Puzzle
There’s no way I could ever get through all of the things that Childhelp Children’s Center of Arizona provides and stands for, and I very much encourage you to read all about it and even schedule a tour of your own. It will be life-changing, I promise you that.
The downtown Phoenix center definitely made an impression on me, but Childhelp’s work extends even further. The organization leads a number of centers around Arizona and the country, as well as child abuse prevention, intervention and treatment programs. They also run the National Child Abuse Hotline with 24/7 access to professional crisis counselors.
I’ll be sharing much more about Childhelp in the coming months and am ready to help further their mission in any way that I can. I hope you’ll take the time to learn more about the organization and if you have any questions that I can help answer, please feel free to leave a comment below or email me via our contact page.