Children that grow up in homes where physical and emotional violence exist learn to live with, and adapt to, the cycle of violence. The tension builds, the violent outburst occurs, and the “honeymoon” phase follows. The victims (children included) live for the honeymoon phase. The children often know that this is the time when the abuser is loving. Mommy and Daddy are happy again and maybe the family has some fun together.
Although children will never understand exactly what happened to create the tension or outburst, they will learn that it is okay to be cruel and hurtful as long as you say you’re sorry and bring presents. They will believe that it is normal to disrespect the people you love. They will learn to express their own feelings by degrading and hurting others or by allowing themselves to be degraded and hurt. No matter how violence in a home is experienced, emotionally, physically and/or sexually, our children are always harmed.
Running for bullying free schools! That is what Maria Keilman-Heublein, LMFT will be doing for Harmony At Home when she participates in this the upcoming 2014 Rio Run.
Maria is a local Marriage Family Therapist who came to us to offer her skills as a runner, so she can help stamp out bullying in schools. “I am very alarmed and troubled by the pervasive presence of increased bullying in schools, as well as cyberbullying... I am ready to do my part to contribute in any way, form, or shape to eradicate this toxic and lethally dangerous practice.” Maria is so passionate about ending the bullying problem in local schools that she called us to see if she could help.
Please donate below to “Bullying Free Schools” and support Maria in her efforts to put an end to this problem:
An recent article in the Monterey Herald titled "Bullying prevention program coming to Salinas elementary school" talks about Harmony At Home's efforts to reduce bullying in local schools.
Harmony At Home wishes to thank Trader Joe’s and Costco for providing food and supplies to our Teen campers this year. Thank you for making a difference in our community!
Taylor Farms has adopted two Salinas schools: Bardin Elementary, in the Alisal Union School District, and Sherwood Elementary, in the Salinas City School District.
Taylor Farms is now a Bronze sponsor and is the first leaf on our Adopt-A-School sponsorship tree. Thank you Taylor Farms, for supporting Harmony At Home and the children/families in Salinas.
Birdies for Charity®
This is the fifth year that Harmony At Home has participated in the Monterey Peninsula Foundation’s Birdies for Charity® Fundraiser. Birdies for Charity® has raised over 2.2 million dollars for local non-profits. Last year our donors contributed $34,542 and the Monterey Peninsula Foundation matched those donations with an additional $6,499. THIS year they are matching 20% of your donation. This will help us to help change the lives of more children in more schools in the year to come. Thank you for joining us in our mission to empower children and young adults with the knowledge skills and confidence to lead healthy and productive lives.
The Birdies for Charity® campaign launched on November 1st and will conclude on February 28, 2014. Please go to the link below to join the pledge drive, and select Harmony At Home as the recipient of your donation. We thank you for your efforts to help us break the cycles of violence. All donations are tax deductible.
Click here to visit Birdies For Charity®.
Harmony At Home uploaded a short video to its You Tube Channel from the 4th Annual Luncheon, held on November 2, 2012.
Julianne Leavy, Executive Director of Harmony At Home, was recently interviewed on KION-46 regarding domestic violence.
The clip can be viewed here.
Julianne Leavy, Executive Director of Harmony At Home, sits down with Theresa Wright
of KSBW-8 to discuss the organization's programs. Two of the youth participating in the
Teen Programs were interviewed as well to share, with the community, their experiences.
The show can be viewed here.
Harmony at Home now has a Facebook Page. Click the Like Button if you want to be a fan of Harmony at Home.
Harmony at Home's Executive Director Julianne Leavy was interviewed by KION TV 46 on April 19, 2010. The article entitled "Counseling Helps Kids Stay Away From Violence" is on the KION TV 46 website.