Thank You St. Luke's Magic Valley!

Thanks to St. Luke's Magic Valley for supporting our child sexual abuse prevention efforts in the area. Mollie Mason is coordinating the Stewards of Children training with Magic Valley groups so let us know if you want your organization or group of friends to learn how they can prevent children from being abused in the first place. We have trainers throughout Idaho.

St. Luke's gives $275K to area nonprofits

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TWIN FALLS — The Boys and Girls Club of the Magic Valley wants to start a physical fitness and nutrition program at its club in Buhl.
There’s a need for it in the community, Steve Kaatz, the vice president of the club’s board of directors, told a roomful of heads of area nonprofits at St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center on Thursday.
“We’re a poor community,” Kaatz said. “We have an awful lot of people who are making less than $15,000 a year. Don’t know how they’re living. And a lot of those are families.”
The Boys and Girls Club is one of 30 groups to split the $275,000 in Community Health Improvement Grants St. Luke’s is giving out this year to support various projects that are intended to improve people’s health in the Magic Valley. On Thursday, the awardees gathered for a lunch in their honor and to tell each other what they were doing with the money.
Many of the nonprofits getting help this year have also gotten grants in the past, but there are a few new ones, such as the Fifth Judicial District CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) Program. It plans to use the money to support the Fostering Futures program, which helps teenagers transition out of foster care, said Executive Director Tahna Cooper.
“Sometimes, when they age out, they don’t have the life skills you typically get with families,” she said. “(This) helps them to set goals, achieve goals, be realistic about who their support system can be when they get out of foster care.”
The Idaho Children’s Trust Fund is another new grantee. While St. Luke’s Treasure Valley has given them grants in the past, the new money will help them expand their child abuse prevention training program in the Magic Valley, said Executive Director Roger Sherman. The money will help them coordinate trainings with organizations such as schools, libraries, child care centers and community groups. Sherman said they have trained 14,000 adults in Idaho already, and their goal is to reach 5 percent of the state’s adult population.
“We hope that will reach a tipping point where we can make a difference,” he said.
St. Luke’s Administrator Mike Fenello told the group the hospital is working to shift from a “fee-for-service” patient care model, where people come in when they’re sick, get the treatment they need and leave, to a “pay-for-value,” more patient-focused one that follows up and helps to keep people healthy after they leave the hospital.
“There are a lot of structural things we’re going to be working on in the coming years,” he said.
By working together, Fenello said, St. Luke’s and the nonprofits getting grants could help improve the community’s overall health.
“We have a shared purpose and we can do great things together,” he said.

SFTI 2017 Wrap Up is Here

Information from the Strengthening Families Training Institute 2017 has been uploaded to the website. If you want to see what you missed or revisit what you loved, now's your chance. Click on the training/training institute tab up at the center of our site. We will continue to add content as our presenters send it in.

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Teaching and Practicing Resilience

Local column: Teaching and practicing resilience

Parenting your kids to build resilience will pay off in spades over the years, writes Taryn Yates.

They say parenting is the hardest job you’ll ever love.

Based on my limited two years of experience, I’d have to agree. It’s not an easy gig. Raising a child requires a lot of energy and sacrifice. You lose out on sleep, personal time and social time with friends. I feel lucky if I get to see my best friends once a month. Each day seems like going through an emotional and physical obstacle course, at the end of which you are rewarded with tiny hugs and an indeterminate amount of sleep. Despite the various challenges, I wouldn’t change a thing. My love for my family and gratitude for my situation are both strong factors in fostering my personal and parental resilience, one of the key protective factors against child maltreatment.

The idea of resilience as a crucial factor in both child development and parenting has gained popularity among professionals and the general community. Most people agree it generally means the ability to bounce back from adversity — and to learn from it. We learn to be resilient as a result of our experiences. You too are resilient — if you weren’t, you wouldn’t be here. So, how can you build upon that resilience and foster your inner-strength?

Building resilience usually requires both external supports and possibly a few internal shifts in thinking. Experts say a key factor of resilience is being “future-oriented”. Or, stated more simply: Hope. Thinking about your future and even picturing it in your mind is a very simple way to build your internal resilience. When worried thoughts threaten to overwhelm me, I like to picture what my sons will be like when they are older. My husband and I like to joke that their future teachers will refer to them as “those Yates boys”, based on the rather assertive adventurousness that our first-born already demonstrates. Imagining my curly-haired offspring getting into good-natured shenanigans has eased me out of more than one post-partum anxiety attack.

Another essential ingredient to resilience is external supports. Both having actual support or the ability to find and secure support will build your resilience. It could be the emotional support of a best friend or neighbor who will watch your child in an emergency, a trusted mechanic that lets you make payments, or a long-term doctor who has worked with you through difficult physical ailments.


Parents with hope and support are less likely to abuse and neglect their kids for the simple reason that they are able to cope with stress better. Unchecked stress can cause parents to lash out physically, yes, but it’s even more likely to put them in situations where they can’t provide for their children’s physical and emotional needs because their own needs are too overwhelming.

If you are struggling, start building your resilience today. First, acknowledge your success in making it as far as you have despite your hardships. Then evaluate the things that are working in your life. Maybe you have a great family and friends, a roof over your head, and a week’s worth of food in your pantry. These things all count as support. How can you get more of these supports? Part of resilience is believing that difficult times will pass and empowering yourself to do what is necessary to keep yourself afloat until they do. Sometimes that first step is just asking for help. Try visiting or calling 211, the Idaho Careline. You and your family are worth it!

Yates, Master in Social Work, is a grants manager and planner for the Idaho Children’s Trust Fund/Prevent Child Abuse Idaho.

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