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Why Donate to Ivory Garden Nonprofit Corporation? Operating Expenses: These include all expenses besides what has been mentioned above including: taxes, printing, office supplies, postage, attorney fees, insurance, and other miscellaneous expenses. They are funded by public donations or in-kind services. How Are We Doing? Ivory Garden Mission Statement: Ivory Garden strives to provide support to those with dissociative disorders because of early childhood trauma and those who support them, as well as raising public and professional awareness of the effects of childhood trauma: 1). Provide international forums, and chat rooms where folks who live with the effects of childhood trauma, as well as families, friends, mental health professionals, educators and other supporters can meet, share experiences, and find valid resources in safe and respectful environments. Since 208, Ivory Garden online support forums and chat rooms have run successfully with approximately 2,000 members, mostly survivors of early child abuse participating. Ivory Garden strives to do the best they can for each and every member who participates making changes to the forums, websites etc… and updating them as needed. Of those surveyed in the past year:
- 82% of survivors reported that the forums and chat rooms provided for them an environment where they were able to express safely.
- 90% of survivors reported that they were provided with adequate and valid resources on the topic of Dissociative Disorders.
- 100% of survivors reported that they felt less alone and met peers who understood them.
Other comments from long and short-term members included:
- While on the forums, they practiced psychological healing, personal growth, and independence with validating peers. This saved their lives – ‘many times’.
- When they needed it, they were provided with helpful resources – hospital and therapist resources where they could get help.
- They felt that the forums and chats were operated with the focus of providing an environment of safety for everyone. They trusted that when problems happened, appropriate and fair action would be taken.
- Their therapists supported them being a part of the forums.
- Mostly, all surveyed mentioned that participating in the forums and chats had changed their lives by creating in them a sense of ‘belonging’, feeling ‘capable’ and independent, and feeling validated and significant.
- 100% of those surveyed this past year agreed that the resources, articles, workshops, and webinars as well as discussion on forums and in chat were appropriate, valid, and educational. It was also agreed that it would be nice if we had ‘more’ webinars and workshops available on the forums and in chat. They agreed that the education they have received on the forums has helped in promoting their healing
- 100% of those surveyed agreed that those who spoke at the conference last year were not only amazing, but experts in the field of trauma and dissociation.
- 100% of those surveyed agreed that the conference was educational and did promote healing for survivors – and, clinicians agreed they would use the information in their practice.
- 100% of survivors agreed that what they gained from going to the conference was helpful when sharing with clinicians that who did not go.
- 100% of supporters agreed that the educational information they learned was helpful in them understanding their loved ones.
- 100% of those surveyed agreed that the conference would be valuable for anyone who worked in the area of trauma and dissociation and especially for survivors of early childhood abuse.
- 65% of those surveyed had input of topics they would like to hear for this upcoming conference.
- 82% of those surveyed felt that though they felt comfortable during the conference, they would have liked to have more time together to meet each other and discuss the day.
Other comments for survivors surveyed: They left the conference feeling that they had met mental health professionals who not only cared about them, but also understand and validated them. They left feeling like they ‘belonged’, were creative, capable, independent, credible, and accepted by others. Many have since been out in the community to speak publicly, create new groups, and promote public awareness about trauma and dissociation. * Last years’ conference was not perfect, but our goal was more than met. We have more volunteers this year to help things run a bit smoother. We are providing lunch on Friday and Saturday so the attendees have more time to meet each other and interact – based on the input received. Conclusion: Based on the data that we have thus far gathered, our goals were met last year. It was an amazingly productive year for Ivory Garden, and we are extremely grateful for every person who helped make it possible. We are a small corporation with only a couple of people working on planning the conference with very little funding. We expect that each year we will be able to give more to those who need help. Through all of our endeavors, we are also working toward public awareness. It is important that the public is educated about early childhood trauma and its affects on people. We are not able to do much more without funding from the public. Ivory Garden members are thrilled with our progress and work to move forward with our mission statement and goals. Again, a big thank you to all who care and support our endeavors. If you have questions or input, you are welcome to email me. Pat Goodwin, MA, President, Ivory Garden email@example.com You may mail donations to: Donations can be mailed to: Ivory Garden 1802 A Street SE, Suite 166 Auburn, WA 98002 Donation Options Exhibit tables are at this time all taken – I am sorry. We have room for the general table where you are welcome to use upon approved request. If any tables open, we will update this page for you. Please use the following form to complete for us as well as keeping a copy for yourself for tax purposes.In-kind donations will receive the same financial benefits based on the value of the donation. Please contact Patricia Goodwin if you have questions or needs at firstname.lastname@example.org or (253) 347-7846.
The proceeds if this conference will benefit the TOP DD Studies. Please, generously donate and attend this conference. We are all here for each other. If you would like to donate directly to the TOP DD Studies, please find their donation page on the front page of this site.
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