CVC 2016 Annual Report
At times, I am stunned by the sheer weight of the tragedies our clients face. Resilience is what lets them adapt in the face of adversity. At Crime Victim Center, our clients must overcome trauma, loss, pain, and significant sources of stress in order to face their futures with hope. Being resilient does not mean that clients don’t face challenges or experience setbacks. Instead, we work with them to develop skills to address these issues and handle them in constructive ways.
Emotional pain and sadness are common after adversity or trauma. In fact, the road to resilience frequently involves considerable emotional distress. Helping clients develop action plans and use self-direction gives them hope that they can move past trauma into a brighter future.
In 2016, CVC worked to build new connections with members of the Erie community in order to help clients. We continued prevention education outreach through our annual Victims’ Rights Conference. We were delighted to work with the Abram Sorek Memorial Race to help people recognize the impact of all types of crime and to work toward resolving the issues that lead to crimes across Erie County. We even took time out for some fun at Moonlight on the Bay and with Bourbon Barrel at our first ever Downtown Partnership Block Party!
We are so grateful for the community support that allows us to provide counseling, advocacy, and prevention education to children, men, and women. Thank you for helping us build resilience and hope throughout Erie County.
Paul A. Lukach MSW, LSW
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