Here at Trillium Family Services, we are always excited to give public praise to local businesses and individuals who give back to their community. SELCO Community Credit Union and its employees have passionately gone above and beyond in this regard.

Last summer, SELCO reached out to Trillium in efforts to learn more about possible ways their organization could become involved with the work we do. Their team decided to dive in by sponsoring our Chrysalis program. Chrysalis is one of Trillium’s preventative programs that provides evidence-based therapeutic support groups to young women who have experienced trauma or emotional abuse. Specifically, Chrysalis provides support to over 100 girls throughout high schools in the Metro and Mid-Willamette Valley regions. In addition to helping  teens develop healthy coping strategies, the program also serves to support group members’ academic success.

SELCO Community Credit Union graciously covered the special activities costs for Cleveland High School’s Chrysalis group. Their support provided the opportunity for the young women to participate in yoga sessions, self-defense classes, and visit Synergo’s team building training course. Each of these activities boosted members’ self-empowerment and provided hands-on opportunities to practice skills they were actively learning in group.

On top of that, SELCO gifted 120 branded sport bags loaded with fun trinkets to help commemorate the 2016-2017 school year and graduation. For many of the girls, the goodies were a true delight and provided a much needed pick-me-up during a rough week at home or at school.

The Chrysalis program receives no public or school district funding, or health insurance reimbursements. The program is sustained exclusively by private philanthropic support, including local foundations, private donors and annual events. We very much want to thank SELCO for supporting Chrysalis and helping these young women break the cycle of abuse. It is truly remarkable that these students, who may have entered the Chrysalis program behind academically and with limited emotional support have demonstrated such a positive transformation.

If you’d like to help sponsor Chrysalis or learn more about this crucial program, contact Stephanie Warneke, Community Engagement Director.

 

 

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