Jo Anne McBain
National Victims of Crime Awareness Week (NVCAW), April 19–25, is about learning, sharing, inspiring and helping. 2015 will mark our fourth year of helping hope to bloom.
During NVCAW, direct service providers will be out in our respective communities handing out “Hope Blooms” kits. These kits consist of flower bulb (Tiny Dyno Asiatic lily), a packet of soil, and a “Hope Blooms” brochure which contains a listing of many service providers in each of the communities participating, providing information on what they offer, and how to contact them. We want to raise awareness of the resources, programs and help that’s available, and empower people with options.
“Like a flower bulb that’s buried deep in darkness striving to move beyond it’s environment… from that dark and cold place it breaks through the soil and into the light. With the right elements in place: soil, water, and light, it can bloom. There is help. There are options. There is hope…. and Hope Blooms. We all have a role.”
If we look at the symbolism of this project, we see that not only does it identify the impact of victimization (the bulb being in a dark, cold place), but also identifies needs (the water, soil, and light) relates to the needs of victims: crisis intervention, support and information.
This project also provides us with a fantastic opportunity to engage with the general public, one-on-one, and provide them with both verbal and hard-copy information as to legislation, and available services in their community. With most of us meeting our clients in our daily work in sometimes compromised and difficult situations, this allows us to connect in a positive way.
Four communities now participate in the Hope Blooms project: Tumbler Ridge, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek and this year we welcome Fort St. John to the team.
Look for us out and about in Tumbler Ridge April 19-25.