View from our newsletter archives as we spotlight providing grace and redemption through Christ for prisoners, women in recovery, and military veterans.
We have arrived again to greet a new year. With curiosity, it is in our human nature, as explorers and wanderers, to reach out, to touch, and embrace the unexpected. Serving USA views new experiences as opportunities for growth, which can bring knowledge about ourselves and the world around us.
At year's end, we pause to reflect on its magnitude and extend gratitude for what has transpired. We also recognize the collective impact we have made, as Serving USA has united missions with our partners, working together to serve those in need in our communities.
While post-traumatic stress can be experienced by a variety of individuals including first responders, abuse victims, and prisoners, we would like to highlight the challenges veterans face upon their return to U.S. soil.
A persistent worldwide problem, domestic violence knows no boundaries. Affecting ten million Americans every year, familial and domestic violence touches on every culture, race, religion, and class via physical and/or emotional abuse, inflicting pain through controlling behaviors of power and dominance.
After completing a sentence of imprisonment, walking out of the prison gates is a powerful and emotional time for someone just released. Ideally, they reunite there with friends and loved ones to embrace their freedom after time spent apart. Perhaps cathartic and certainly meaningful, many believe this is when their new life begins.
Addiction and dependency appear in a variety of forms, including problem gambling, compulsive shopping, digital addiction, and drug or alcohol abuse. Nearly 15% of Americans are caught up in at least one addictive behavior (1) and many people function in their addiction with what appears to be “normal behavior.”
Prison systems in the United States have traditionally focused on punishment and only more recently have they engaged in rehabilitation. With recidivism rates near 70%, successful reentry can prove to be an elusive goal. But if society desires a different outcome, it is important to recognize and overcome the barriers that exist to successful reentry.
Since 1980 when Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was officially recognized medically as a condition of major significance and appeared as an operational diagnosis, the concept and long-reaching tentacles of PTSD have continued to evolve. As awareness and acceptance of the realities of this condition subsist, experts are working to find healthier ways to cope with and heal from exposures to significant trauma.
Serving USA is honored to support veterans as many of them carry the trauma of war with them as they navigate civilian life. In fact, about 21 veterans commit suicide each day when the burden becomes too much to bear.
The National Office for Victims of Crime annually sets aside one week every April to honor victims and the professionals who work to support them. This year’s theme: “Rights, access, equity for all victims”.
Serving USA partners with the most recognized professionals working to prevent human trafficking and slavery in the United States. We have seen prevention begins with education and awareness, and the organizations we support work diligently to offer trainings, resources, and outreach in their communities.
On average, every minute of each day 24 Americans will be victims of violence extended from the hands of a loved one. Recognizing the thousands of innocent people being mistreated daily-- tens of millions annually...
Along with everything pumpkin spice flavored, Autumn’s arrival also brings a season of reunions as many of us gingerly step out of isolation, head Back to School or return to in-person work...
Addictions can have such a powerful and destructive influence on a person’s life. Once it takes hold, it becomes the master and requires continual feeding. Overcoming addictions is very difficult...
Consider standing on a sidewalk, recently released from incarceration, having no photo ID, no Social Security Card, no bank account, and possibly owing back child support and restitution...
Post-traumatic Stress Awareness Month offers a reminder that while sufferers might feel helpless and alone in their experience, PTS is a common anxiety disorder which can be treated and recovered...
This month we join grieving families in honoring military personnel whose lives were lost during their service in the United States Armed Forces. As our country enjoys Memorial Day weekend, parades...