The Our Voice Project: Survivor Wellness & Leadership Program

Through The Our Voice Project, HopeWorks’ provides opportunities for survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence to connect and support each other, develop leadership, and work together for change.

The Our Voice Project is comprised of seven educational and wellness programs that are based in trauma-informed peer support and self-advocacy. The programs are designed for individuals who are out of crisis, and are not intended to replace or to be a substitute for counseling.

For more information email Vanita Leatherwood, the Director of Community Engagement, at vleatherwood@wearehopeworks.org or call (410) 997-0304.


Leadership and Advocacy Opportunities

The Our Voice Advisory Council is HopeWorks’ organizing mechanism for survivors to build community, share insights and provide feedback on a number of issues such as current events, and agency services or programs. Subcommittees include Legislative Advocacy and Outreach to Faith Communities. Meetings are quarterly, held in the months of July, October, January, and April. 


Workshops for Learning and Self-care

Survivors are invited to attend Preservation Circle. Through engaging and creative activities we cultivate continued courage, self-compassion, connection, learning, and self-directed advocacy. Events and topics vary. Past events have included workshops about emotional abuse, the trauma effects of trauma on the body and arts-based stress relief.


Developing Self-care Practices

During one-on-one sessions called Poetry N2 Wellness, survivors who are out of crisis, can learn and practice wellness and healing techniques. Sessions include development of self-care practices and mindfulness tools, as well as creative activities such as expressive journaling, visual journaling, and mixed-media arts. No prior art or writing experience is needed. Call to schedule an appointment for an entrance interview. 

Learn more about Poetry N2 Wellness private sessions.


Fostering Community & Creativity

In our Poetry N2 Wellness Workshop series, we use expressive arts activities to explore issues, share insights and learn from guest speakers. A series usually meets once a week for eight weeks. Topics include stress relief, self-awareness, understanding boundaries, self-compassion, trauma and the body, and moving forward.


Maintaining Your Healing Journey

After participating in Poetry N2 Wellness one-on-one sessions or a workshop series you are eligible to receive Journaling Our Voice, a monthly eNewsletter focusing on expressive arts techniques such as poetry, journaling prompts, inspirational quotes, arts journaling ideas, affirmations and more.


Annual Wellness & Self-care Day Retreat

During the Unlearning Not to Speak Day Retreat, we host a day of interactive workshops where we share, play, reflect, learn and collectively celebrate surviving and thriving. This event is typically held in spring.


Prepare to Share Your Survivor Story

If you would like to be a member of HopeWorks’ Speakers Bureau, inquire about our next Speakers Bureau Training program. In this eight-week workshop series, we provide you with the support and tools to be an effective public speaker. Call to schedule an appointment for an entrance interview. Learn more about the next Speakers Bureau Training. 

24-Hour Sexual, Dating and Domestic Violence Helpline: 410-997-2272

HopeWorks

9770 Patuxent Woods Dr., Suite 300

Columbia, MD, 21046

410-997-0304