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Happy Spring!
Spring fever is running rampant at the Mahoney House. We are ready for lots of warm sunshine and bluebird days. Come on summer…

New Facebook Page Launched

Please take a minute to go to the new Mahoney House Facebook page and like us. We appreciate all of our followers and do not want to lose any of you. Thank you!
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Mahoney House Sponsors Little Free Pantry

In March, the Mahoney House started stocking the Little Free Pantry in front of the First Presbyterian Church hall on Lena Street. Lemhi After School Promise meets in the hall so staff felt it was a convenient location for children and families in need. The Mahoney House stocks the pantry the second week each month, sharing sponsorship with other organizations in Salmon. Eagle Scouts built the Little Free Pantries and the Community Dinner Team ensures they are sponsored. Community members are encouraged to take what they need and leave what they can.
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Spring Spud Fundraiser

Mark your calendars for the Spring Spud Fundraiser on April 15. The Mahoney House will serve delicious loaded potatoes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can submit your orders in advance by calling (208) 756-3146. Takeout, delivery or outside dining will be available.

We can always use volunteers to help setup, cleanup and serve. Please call (208) 756-3146 if you would like to lend a hand. See you on the 15th!

April is National Child Abuse
Prevention Month

April is the month where communities and families unite to show support for and the importance of preventing child abuse and neglect. The Mahoney House (TMH) will pass out pinwheels to businesses to display to show their support. As the pinwheels twirl in the wind, they signify a stress free childhood.

This year, TMH is excited to do something new: a challenge to businesses to paint their windows to show their support for and take a stand against child abuse in our community. The theme will be “Hope and Pinwheels.” Drug Free Youth (DFY) have volunteered to paint windows on April 9th. Call TMH at (208) 756-3146 to schedule them to paint yours. TMH will provide the paint and Board members will pick the business window with the display that best portrays the theme.

The winning business will get their picture in the paper with the DFY teens who painted the window. TMH hopes that anyone who takes a trip down Main Street notices the windows and takes a moment to think about what they can do to help prevent child abuse.
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Ribbons of Hope Project

The Ribbons of Hope Project invites everyone to make a commitment to strengthen themselves, someone they know, or the community - small actions that can lead to big change. The project is an interactive art display using blue ribbons that community members write their commitments on. The result is a beautiful banner that can empower individuals and remind them that every action counts. During the month of April, TMH will be inviting community members to join us by making a written commitment that will be included in the display. Stay tuned for more info on Instagram or Facebook and join us in showing our community that hope lives here!
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Parenting Class Starts on May 4

The Mahoney House will offer a six-session parenting class beginning Tuesday, May 4th, and running through May 20th. The class will be held twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays via Zoom.

This six-session course is designed to help parents notice and build upon their family's strengths, to learn about new ways to increase effective communication, employ positive discipline and encourage the development of resiliency within your children and in families.

Please check out the website, Instagram or Facebook for more information.  Parents can register here.
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Advocacy Services for the Third Quarter

Here are the client numbers and services provided in the third quarter of the 2021 Fiscal Year - all free of charge:
New Clients: 6
Total Clients Served: 43
Crisis Intervention Services: 16
On-Scene Response: 3
Counseling Hours: 95.5*
Emergency Shelter Nights: 1
Civil Protection Order Assistance: 2
Personal Advocacy: 41
Criminal/Civil Justice System Advocacy: 16
Relocation Assistance: 1
Crisis Calls: 10
Forensic Interviews: 6

* Does not include contracted counseling for March

The above numbers do not reflect the considerable amount of referrals and aid advocates give to community members who are not clients or do not qualify to become clients due to the Mahoney House mission.

New Board Member - Dana Cotton

Dana is excited to serve as a Mahoney House board member. She has some insight into all the organization's fantastic work since she was an advocate when she first moved to Salmon from Dillon, Montana, in 2016. Dana has been a professional educator for over twenty years and is now a faculty member at the College of Eastern Idaho in English, Communications, and Humanities. Before that, she taught at the University of Montana Western, Montana Tech, and the University of Idaho, where she earned her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction. She also had the honor of being the Director of the Lemhi Education Project from 2017 to 2020.

When she isn't teaching or collaborating with colleagues, she is hanging out with her family and experiencing the beautiful Lemhi Valley through trail running, hiking, boating, paddleboarding, and cross-country skiing--usually with her trusty canine companion, Opie, by her side. She also enjoys traveling, gardening, and reading in her downtime.

Staff Spotlight - Karlee Boese

Karlee moved to Salmon in the winter of 2018. While living in Salmon she has served the community as a mental health counselor at Lemhi Valley Social Services, a Program Advisor for Drug Free Youth at the high school, and moonlighting as a counselor at The Mahoney House. In January of 2021 she was able to join the team at The Mahoney House full time as the Director of Counseling.

Karlee received her Master of Social work with an emphasis in Community Mental Health in 2017 from Northwest Nazarene University. At this time she is working towards obtaining her clinical license, which she will test for this coming summer. Karlee has a long standing passion for working with survivors of trauma. When she lived in Pocatello, she worked as the Rural Services and Volunteer Coordinator at Family Services Alliance, the local domestic violence and sexual assault agency. She also worked as a crisis counselor for youth at Bannock Youth Foundation, a residential facility for teenagers.

Karlee is passionate about non-profit organizations and is excited to be working full time for one once again. She is grateful to be able to provide services to survivors of trauma and acknowledges how difficult it is to take that step to receive help. Karlee advocates daily on ending the stigma that surrounds receiving mental health services as well as dismantling the culture around blaming victims for the trauma they endure.

When she is not at work, Karlee enjoys spending time with her rescue animals: Zoey, Teddy, and Disco Stu. Karlee enjoys being outdoors doing whatever activity feels right that day, especially if it will lead her to wildflowers, an alpine lake, or a hot spring. Living in Salmon has also miraculously turned her black thumb green, so a lot of time is spent caring for her 60+ house plants as well as gardening.
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This newsletter is supported by the Victims of Crime Act, awarded by the Idaho Council on Domestic Violence and Victim Assistance, under a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime/Family Violence Prevention and Services Act/State Domestic Violence Project Account.  The opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the granting agencies.

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