To MenHealing Weekends of Recovery Alumni, Friends, and Supporters
BEST FRIENDS SERVICE PROJECT AN INSPIRING SUCCESS
For the third consecutive year, MenHealing Staff, WOR Alumni, and Allies recently provided three days of volunteer service work at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah). Best Friends and MenHealing share a commitment for movement-building to end mistreatment for all living beings.
During our three-day visit to the Sanctuary, our team provided service work for dogs, pigs, and wild friends. In addition, we shared time for a hiking trip to nearby Zion National Park.
This three-day service project allowed our team of volunteers to contribute important springtime house-keeping tasks for the animals as well as deepen our love and care for each other. Check out these powerful visuals that convey many joyful moments during our time together at Best Friends.
Take a look at our Best Friends Instagram Reel by clicking HERE
“Save My Place” reservations will open soon for April 2024 Service Project
MELANATED MENHEALING GROUP:
A COLLABORATION OF MALE-IDENTIFIED MEN OF COLOR THERAPISTS AND HEALERS
Weekend of Recovery (WOR) events for men and male-identified survivors of sexual victimization were launched in 2001. Since MenHealing assumed management for the WORs in 2018, these healing experiences have evolved to include somatic healing, joy, and building connections. We have also been working to create more opportunities for male-identified survivors plus their friends and families to stay connected beyond the weekend gatherings. We firmly believe that healing happens in many different ways, and our events reflect this.
Despite efforts to diversify our programs, we have noticed that we are not reaching a significant number of men of color. Thus, we are convening a “Melanated MenHealing Group” during the last weekend of May 2023.
Meet the Team for the Melanated MenHealing Group - Brian, Richard, Tosin, & Kenton
This gathering will bring together male-identified men of color therapists and healers who understand the complex layers of harm that many survivors of color have to navigate outside of the incident(s) or event(s) of their sexual victimization.
Our hope is that this convening will be a collaborative opportunity for participants to learn from one another and expand our own community of healers for survivors of color. We are thrilled at the possibilities that may arise from this convening.
MENHEALING EXTENDS OUR PRESENCE FOR INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA
At MenHealing, we understand the diverse nature of sexual victimization and its many forms, and one that can often be overlooked for male survivors, even within our own healing communities, is sex trafficking.
We are committed to supporting ALL survivors and, in the spirit of collaboration and community, MenHealing's Creative Director, Jordan Masciangelo, has recently been working alongside organizations, agencies, researchers, and policy-makers throughout the country, providing lived-experience consultation services, trainings, and event speaking on the socialization of men and boys, the impact of sexual exploitation on male survivors, and how to better serve male survivors of sex trafficking.
Jordan's incredible work earned him an invitation to be a speaker at last week's International 23rd Conference of the Alliance Against Trafficking in Persons at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria. Organized by the OSCE (The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe), this event brings together governmental ambassadors, leaders, policy-makers, and NGOs from 57 countries across the Americas, Europe and Central Asia to collaborate on solutions to end human trafficking, and we are thrilled to be part of this important initiative.
2023 ADVANCED WEEKEND OF RECOVERY
The 2023 Advanced Weekend of Recovery - open to all WOR Alumni - will focus on EMBODYING LOVE AND POWER IN RELATIONSHIPS. This dynamic weekend will focus on providing participants with the skills to balance and integrate being both loving and powerful in relationships. Read more…
If you have a partner, they are also welcome and encouraged – but not required – to join you.
You are encouraged to register early as registration is limited and our Advanced Weekends frequently fill quickly. Registration will remain open until July 21st, 2023.
MENHEALING 2022 HIGHLIGHT REPORT
Check our highlights of MenHealing from the past year, if YOU have not already done so.
YOU CAN SUPPORT OUR CONTINUED WORK BY MAKING A DONATION TO MENHEALING
FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS FROM INDIVIDUAL DONORS LIKE YOU ARE THE LIFEBLOOD THAT ALLOWS MENHEALING TO CONTINUE OUR WORK. 85% OF OUR BUDGET IS RECEIVED FROM INDIVIDUAL DONORS; 15% OF OUR BUDGET IS RECEIVED FROM EVENT REGISTRATIONS. WE DO NOT RECEIVE FUNDING FROM FOUNDATIONS OR GOVERNMENT GRANTS.
MenHealing is committed to fostering collaboration and community as we build a MOVEMENT OF MALE SURVIVORS AND ALLIES. TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER!
THANKS FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT OF OUR WORK.
Consider ways you can support MenHealing during 2023
- …Ask others to contribute a donation in your honor for your Birthday, Anniversary, or any other special event…
- …Contribute a portion of your up-coming tax return…
- …Request to add MenHealing as an option if your employer provides matching charitable gifts…
- …Review your Estate Planning and add MenHealing for a Legacy Gift…
Your donation can be designated for any specific project area, to support survivor who experience financial hardship to attend a WOR event, or to support general program needs.
Make 2023 the year you SHOW UP FOR SURVIVORS with a financial contribution of any amount.
We especially want to thank the growing community of regular sustaining donors.
Consider whether YOU can join as a recurring donor at any amount.
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Executive Director, MenHealing/Weekend of Recovery