In September 2013, The Refuge Center for Counseling and the Hands and Feet Project announced a formal collaboration to help meet the psychological needs of the Haitian children served by the Hands and Feet Project.
“Emotional care is one of the greatest things we can give to our children,” Mark Stuart, executive director and co-founder of the Hands and Feet Project.
The stories of the children in the care of the Hands and Feet Project include attachment and trauma issues, yet they run deeper and, sadly, are very painful. Growing up in abject poverty, witnessing devastation and injustices, the need for hope and healing are great amongst the children in the youth villages.
The Refuge Center for Counseling’s senior clinical team made its first trip to Haiti in September to assess the needs of the children, as well as the adults that work with the Hands and Feet Project, and began advising immediately on emotional care. In this multi-year collaboration, The Refuge Center for Counseling will develop an overall emotional care strategy, provide consultation and best practices to Hands and Feet Project staff, as well as develop and manage additional resources to help meet the overall mental health needs of the Hands and Feet family.
“In a world where mental health needs are often overlooked, we are so proud to partner with the Hands and Feet Project to expand The Refuge Center’s reach beyond our country’s borders,” said Amy Alexander, executive director and co-founder of The Refuge Center. “We look forward to the important work ahead.”