GOHNY Safe House and Children/Youth program (紐約勵馨基金會安全之家與兒童/青年計畫)

11/07/2019 - 13:30 to 11/07/2019 - 15:00
Proposal(Workshop / Presentation)
Coordinating organization: 
Garden of Hope New York
Art and Advocacy
Organization Name: 
Garden of Hope New York (紐約勵馨基金會)
Organization Introduction: 
Garden of Hope New York was established in 2004. Through the love of God, we dedicate ourselves in servicing, caring, and rebuilding lives of people who have been exposed to domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual assault. Our services including case management, crisis intervention, counseling, art therapy, and many more.
Proposer: leejenway
Describe your workshop/presentation (300-500 words): 
GOHNY provides direct services to DV, HT, SA victims since 2004 to Asian immigrant population who is deemed the "silent victims" especially in a foreign land where limited resources are available for client who lacks of language skills or legal knowledge. The first part we will present briefly about the need of the Chinese immigrant community, and the challenges they face. The circle of violence and abuse continues if without intervention. As part of the intervention, GOHNY provides safe house as a harbor for the families who has been through abuse. In the shelter, not only the basic needs are being provided, the survivors may heal and stabilize with counseling and time away from the abuser(s). We are fostering independency and empowerment in our clients.
The second part is about the creative art therapy provided to the children who have witnessed traumatic events in their homes. We uses art as a method to allow children to express their emotions and finding ways to heal as well as adjusting to new changes in their environment. The art therapy we provide include individual and groups. The creative ways allows children to spark their imagination and a hope for a brighter future.
All Speakers:
Jen Way Lee
Jenway Lee has served at Garden of Hope New York (GOHNY) as the safe house manager since August 2018. GOHNY services Chinese speaking victims of domestic violence, human trafficking or sexual assault. Prior coming to GOHNY, Jenway served in New York City’s Children’s Services for 7 years as an investigator for child abuse and neglect. This involved investigating child abuse allegations, engaging families, and planning interventions. In 2011, with dedication and hard work, Jenway received the NYC Commissioner’s Award for Child Advocacy. Inspired by her work experiences she sought to further expand her capacity to serve by pursuing her graduate study in school counseling with the goal to break the unhealthy generational cycle of family abuse. After graduation, God has miraculously led her to join GOHNY’s team to help the silent victims. With the experiences in both social work and educational counseling, Jenway is often invited to high schools in New York City to speak to students and parents about domestic violence prevention and parenting workshops.
Crystal Chen
Crystal Chen is a Creative Arts Therapist from New York City working at Garden of Hope, a non-profit organization that serves women and children victims of gender-based and intimate partner violence. She works with children and youth clients individually and in groups, providing them a therapeutic space to process trauma through art therapy. Crystal has developed the children and youth program at Garden of Hope to focus on engaging, educating, and elevating the youth in the Flushing community. This includes parenting groups, teen and youth support groups, community outreach, and various training events. In addition, Crystal is a women’s rights advocate, having spoken at two NGO CSW conferences, and is a Pratt Taconic Fellow. With her Pratt Taconic Fellowship, she developed an art therapy program, known as Garden of Gems, an art therapy jewelry making program that provides a sense of community and economic empowerment for women at Garden of Hope.