The amount of crime within our seven counties is substantial. The families of crime victims, as well as survivors, face unimaginable pain and suffering, both emotional and financial. We offer our programs to the crime victims and their families.
CRIME VICTIMS AND FAMILY SUPPORT
Bi-monthly support group meetings offer families of crime victims grief support, encouragement, and guidance for healthy coping tools.
Crime Stoppers also hosts several special events for these families each year such as our annual Christmas Party and Summer Picnic for the families we serve!
Watch our mini documentary about the Family Meetings for more information!
Every other month, on the fourth Wednesday, a group of committed Crime Stoppers staffers meets with family members who have lost loved ones to violent acts of crime. The purpose of these “family meetings” is to provide a caring, compassionate environment for traumatized persons to share with others who actually know what they’re going through because they have shared experiences. It is therapeutic and empowering for all involved.
Sandra Terry is one of the Crime Stoppers staffers responsible for the family meetings. Sandra first came through the doors of Crime Stoppers as a member of one of the families receiving services after a relative was brutally murdered. She was so impressed by the care her family received that she became a volunteer member of the staff and now has become part of the permanent staff as the office receptionist. Sandra feels that the family meetings are some of the most important services provided by Crime Stoppers. Sandra recounts that, “From my perspective, it served me well because I was able to interact with other mothers, grandmothers, aunts and uncles who understood because they had been through what I was going through.”
Partnering with Crime Stoppers is Felicia Berry, lead counselor with Open Arms, a division of St. John Providence Community Health. Open Arms mission is to provide support and counseling to adults and children experiencing grief and trauma. Felicia and her staff work to educate the community about grief and trauma and its long-term impact and to provide supportive services, resources, and intervention to crime victims. She and other staffers attend all the Crime Stoppers Family Meetings and even host a few at their E. Outer Drive facility in Detroit. As a family survivor herself, Felicia approaches her work not only with clinical expertise but compassionate empathy.
Most recently, Dr. Christal L. Eason, Ph.D, LMSW has joined the Family Meetings support team. From self-affliction and low self-esteem to divorce and depression, she knows how to not only survive—but thrive—through the fires of life. Like Felicia Berry of Open Arms, Dr. Eason uses her past struggles and strongholds to transform the lives of others, guiding them through transitioning their pain into purpose and prosperity. Her family has been victimized by criminal activity and traumatic death several times over the years and she has successfully helped relatives while personally persevering through pain. For many, counseling is a career. For Eason, what she does is a calling—a non-negotiable one.
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