PONTIAC, Mich. – CARE House of Oakland County announced today that The Community Foundation For Southeast Michigan (CFSEM) has awarded CARE House a $30,000 grant for its newly launched “Put Your Mask On First” program. The staff-wellness program aims to combat vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue among CARE House staff that regularly interacts with child trauma victims.
“Support from The Community Foundation For Southeast Michigan helps us carry out our culture of caring by making programs like Put Your Mask On First possible,” said Pat Rosen, executive director, CARE House. “Professionals who consistently deal with difficult situations are likely to take on trauma of their own, which is why we have worked to create a support system that enables resilience and strength so that we can continue to serve our clients in the best way. If we never put on our own mask first, like we are instructed to do on an airplane, we will not be able to help others.”
Funds from the CFSEM will back the program’s series of activities developed to help alleviate stress in the work environment, including monthly on-site massages to release stored body tension, regular employee and volunteer recognition activities and staff outings designed to break up the workday and strengthen team bonds.
Additionally, the grant will help support training at the Michigan Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance (MINCA) Professional Development Conference in Traverse City, Mich. in April 2016 for CARE House’s multi-disciplinary team (MDT), which includes CARE House staff, law enforcement officers and Child Protective Service workers who regularly work with CARE House.
About The Community Foundation For Southeast Michigan
The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is a full-service philanthropic organization leading the way to positive change in our region. As a permanent community endowment built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organization, the Foundation supports a wide variety of activities benefiting education, arts and culture, health, human services, community development and civic affairs. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $700 million through nearly 53,000 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair and Livingston counties. For more information, please visit www.cfsem.org.