TRAUMA INFORMED CARE
Education as a catalyst
We serve some of the most vulnerable in our community: refugee children. Most have experienced trauma beyond their years, coming from war-torn or poverty-stricken lands. At Heart House, we provide a safe place where these students can come to study after school and in the summer. Our holistic mental and behavioral health model meets kids where they are, taking into account their background and current emotional state. This social emotional learning approach has been proven to increase academic performance, improve mental health, and establish a pathway to success for each child—in school and in life.
Head, Heart, Hands program
The Head, Heart, Hands program or “H3” employs a comprehensive approach to deliver meaningful results. Social-emotional learning (SEL) is a core part of the strategy to ensure the holistic healing and growth of each individual child. Physical and academic health is developed simultaneously through customized educational and therapeutic experiences for students.
The Head, Heart, Hands program utilizes social emotional learning to improve academic performance and mental health.
Lucia Awi’s story
Lucia is an 8-year-old refugee from Malaysia with a loving spirit. At Heart House you’d typically find Lucia taking care of her little sister, playing with all the kids, and displaying a joyful attitude towards others. However, Lucia’s joyous spirit would quickly sadden when she would work on her reading homework because she struggled reading books at her grade level. Her struggle…
Bawi Dawt Par’s story
Bawi Dawt Par is a 9 year old from Burma who has been a faithful attender of Heart House over the past few years. Bawi Par is very outgoing and very talkative. Because of her energetic personality, all of her emotions would constantly come erupting out of her. Whether happy or sad, she would constantly blurt out what she felt and shied away from trying new things. In Summer 2016…
Every day, when she arrived after school, Ella was despondent and disengaged, hungry and afraid. When we tried to connect with her, she would run to the corners and not speak. When we started one-on-one play therapy twice a week, she slowly opened up. Toys were her outlet, and so she would tell stories through her favorite doll….