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PAR Trainers "Take Courage" for Community Service

Orlando -- SD&T learning consultant and PAR (protective action response) master instructor Tanesha Blackmon and the PAR instructors of the central east region were among the volunteers at the “It Takes Courage” community service event sponsored by Harbor House of Central Florida on November 15, 2014.  The goal was to promote public awareness about domestic abuse.

The participants distributed information door to door, targeting west Orlando communities with high incidents of domestic abuse. This effort aligns with the DJJ vision for Florida’s of children and families to live in safe, nurturing communities that provide for their needs and supports their success.

“The goal of the ‘It Takes Courage’ door hanging event is to get the right information, to the right people, at the right time to save lives,” said Blackmon. “This goal is very similar to the Roadmap to System Excellence statement about the necessity for reform — ‘to provide the right services, at the right time.’ We felt this was a perfect opportunity to serve the community and we were proud to share information that can help someone to escape abuse.”

Other participants included volunteers from the City of Orlando Mayoral Office, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the Orange County Clerk of Courts, the Orlando Police Department, the University of Central Florida, Valencia College, and a host of other private and non-profit organizations. Members of Blackmon’s current class of DJJ Detention Academy candidates also joined the event. The class is comprised of members the Eugene Gregory Memorial Youth Academy  (formerly, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Juvenile Enforcement Center) and the Seminole Sheriff’s Office Juvenile Detention Center.

Thanks to the following PAR instructors of the central east region for their participation:

Tanesha Blackmon (DJJ SD&T),
Omar Bohler (DJJ Circuit 9 Probation),
Amanda Boser (Bay Area Youth Services – Juvenile Diversion Alternative Programs),
Harold Dixon (DJJ Circuit 18 Probation),
Mickel Green (Seminole County Sheriff’s Office), and
Johnny Hart (Brevard Group Treatment Home – Aspire Health Partners, Inc.).

Harbor House CEO Carol Wick sent the following thank-you message to volunteers after the event.

"On Saturday, November 15th, 571 volunteers made county-wide impact through our Fifth Annual It Takes Courage event! Launching out of the University of Central Florida and Valencia College, volunteer teams spread out across Orlando visiting apartment complexes and housing divisions. In just three hours, 23, 648 door hangers were placed at residences with the message 'It Takes Courage To Stop Abuse!'

In the days following the event, 46 people filed injunctions for safety and protection, 45 hotline calls were received by our advocates, and 3 families sought safety within our shelter. Of the 107 survivors in our safe short-term housing, 63 are children.

You helped survivors of domestic abuse not only find safety, but find hope for their future.

For that, we THANK YOU!"

 Harbor House seeks to eliminate domestic violence by providing safety, shelter, counseling, education, and advocacy. For more than 34 years, Harbor House’s 110-bed emergency shelter has given refuge and assistance to survivors of domestic violence. To learn more about their programs for youth, click here.

Left to right:  Omar Bohler- Circuit 9 Probation, Harold Dixon- Circuit 18 Probation, Johnny Hart – Brevard Group Treatment Home (Aspire, Inc.), Mickel Green – Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Deputy, Tanesha Blackmon – DJJ Staff Development & Training, Amanda Boser – Bay Area Youth Services (JDAP)