Attitude of Gratitude Provides Even More Support for Survivors
Like every individual, business, and nonprofit organization, The Inner Truth Project has had some struggles over the last few months. It has been a time to remember why we really call ourselves “survivors” and tap into our grit, resilience, and hope. And like so many others, we have found that our new challenges have been daily gifts if we are willing to be vulnerable, imaginative, and take some risks. Not only have we created more programs and unique to reach survivors and their families, but we received more funding too. The Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County, a long-time funder, increased its financial support. We were awarded the inaugural We See You Grant Fund from the national Just Beginnings Collaborative, and we received the prestigious Gannett Grant Award!
Additionally, we held our first ever Bagels & Bowties Men’s Breakfast as a call to action to bring notable men from the community into the conversation to end gender violence. Sponsors included Cardita Formal Wear, Bagel Bites Palm City, and Bagel Brothers Tradition. The Andrew and Robin Hunt Philanthropic Fund at The Community Foundation Martin-St. Lucie awarded a matching grant for the breakfast to support the movement and help us on our journey to change the male narrative surrounding gender violence. With the help of the sponsors and more than fifty fearless men in the community including State Attorney Bruce Colton, St. Lucie County Superintendent Wayne Gent, St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara, U.S. Congressman Brian Mast, St. Lucie County Commissioner Sean Mitchell, Port St. Lucie Mayor Greg Oravec, State Representative Toby Overdorf, St. Lucie Clerk of Courts Joe Smith, and Vice-President of Student Affairs at Indian River State College Frank Watkins, the breakfast raised over $8,000.
Because of all of the community support and outpouring of love, The Inner Truth Project is proud to announce the realization of one of our long view goals, to have a therapist and case manager on staff! We are beyond happy to introduce you to therapist Sara Giza and Case Manager Belinda Strachan, our new ITP members who are dedicated to our mission of empowering, supporting, and educating survivors and their families. We are also delighted to share that Ginger Miranda, Esq. has joined our Board of Directors and has already hit the ground running by sharing her extensive background in the justice system.
As we head into what is the beginning of a very unorthodox holiday season, we are more thankful than ever for donors who choose to become part of the healing journey for so many individuals and families in our community. A $100 donation provides a survivor and their family with direct services including individual therapy and workshops on healing strategies. If you are a survivor or family member in need our services and support or if you would like to share a donation during the holiday season, please know that you can donate safely and securely in any amount simply by visiting The Inner Truth Project at www.innertruthproject.org.