News From The Amani Center
December 7, 2022 – Join the Journey…Follow Asher
Scroll down for Asher’s Journey through December 22nd
We hope 2022 has been kind to you. Our team has been working incredibly hard and are grateful to continue serving the vulnerable children in our community through the challenging times of these past few years. It is incredibly difficult work but our team is dedicated and passionate knowing the positive impact they have on children’s lives.
It is often hard to share about the work we do and the challenges faced by child victims, because of confidentiality. As we move into this holiday season and the end of the year, we would like to share what the experience looks like for the children who visit us, as well as the efforts of our staff and the local system dedicated to serving the children of Columbia County. As we reflect on this time of gratitude, giving and connection, we hope to convey the incredible impact that your support has for the Amani Center and the children in our community.
Over the coming weeks we are going to share with you the story of Asher.
This story, while not an actual victim’s account, is based on elements of stories from the thousands of children we have served over the years.
The real Asher in our lives, who inspired the name of our child, is our Victim Advocate’s adorable pup. Asher often comes to the office to cheer us up, lighting our days and lightening our load.
We are going to send you updates that correspond with the story’s timeline. This story would be what happens in “real time” for a child in need of Amani Center services and could be what a child might be experiencing today, in your community.
If you or anyone you know needs help, please call our staff. We know this can be hard for those with lived experience to hear about another victim. If you find this content difficult and need some peer emotional support please call us. We care, are professionals and are here to help.
Thank you for your support and for joining us on Asher’s journey.
Amelia Kercher, Executive Director
Beth Pulito, Development Manager
And the Amani Center Team
December 8, 2022 – Day 1 of Asher’s Journey (Thursday)
Read Day 1 of Asher’s Journey (click link to open Newsletter)
December 9, 2022 – Day 2 of Asher’s Journey (Friday)
Read Day 2 of Asher’s Journey (click link to open Newsletter)
You can find real time updates of Asher’s weekend on our Facebook Page
December 12, 2022 – Days 3 thru 5 of Asher’s Journey (Sat/Sun/Mon)
Read Days 3-5 of Asher’s Journey – A recap of the weekend and Monday
December 14, 2022 – Assessment Day
Read Day 6 of Asher’s Journey – Assessment Morning
December 15, 2022 – Assessment Day (continued)
Read more about Day 6 of Asher’s Journey – Assessment Day Continues
December 16, 2022 – Day 9 of Asher’s Journey (Friday)
Read Day 9 of Asher’s Journey – Following up and X-ray results
December 19, 2022 – Days 10 thru 12 of Asher’s Journey (Sat/Sun/Mon)
Read Day 12 of Asher’s Journey – Recapping the Weekend and Monday Details
December 20, 2022 – Day 13 of Asher’s Journey (Tuesday)
Read Day 13 of Asher’s Journey – Moving Forward after an Arrest
December 21, 2022 – Day 14 of Asher’s Journey (Wed)
Read Day 14 of Asher’s Journey – Asher & Mom return home!
December 22, 2022 – Day 15 of Asher’s Journey (Thursday)
Read Day 15 of Asher’s Journey – A Day of Gratitude!
December 23, 2022 – Day 15 of Asher’s Journey (Friday)
Read Day 16 of Asher’s Journey – The Journey will Continue…