Camp HOPE America Begins First Session of Local Chapter August 4

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Five-Day Program Helps Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

– Cuyahoga County’s Family Justice Center will host its inaugural Camp HOPE America week beginning August 4. Camp HOPE is the first camp program in the United States tailored to children who have witnessed domestic violence. The camp focuses on building resiliency and helping children believe in themselves, in others, and in their dreams.

Twenty-two children are confirmed for the program, which will run for five nights. Funding comes from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, through the Victim of Crime Act, as well as a planning grant from Camp Hope America.

The County is partnering with FrontLine Services, a key agency that provides services to children and families following abuse, neglect or exposure to violence. FrontLine Services helped identify children who would benefit from Camp HOPE, and will also work with children throughout camp week.

“We know that trauma affects far too many children, many of whom don’t always have the resources they need to rise above and have a voice,” said County Executive Armond Budish. “Camp HOPE America is a fantastic program for children to find healing and hope surrounded by those who understand their past and can help them grow and thrive.”

Camp Ho Mita Koda in Newbury, Ohio will be hosting the residential summer camp experience for children ages 9-11. Kids can enjoy swimming, canoeing, yoga, team sports, ropes courses, crafts and hiking, as well as team building activities and group discussions. First responders from Cleveland Heights, Newburgh Heights, Richmond Heights, South Euclid and Solon will be joining on one day of camp for lunch and activities.

“We are honored to have Cuyahoga County joining in the effort to help the next generation of kids find hope and kindness in place of pain and violence,” said National Director of Camp HOPE America, John Hamilton. “Each and every child who attends this inaugural camp will be a part of history in Ohio.”

If you are anyone you know has suffered from acts of domestic violence, sexual assault or experienced any other types of victimization, please call the Cuyahoga County Family Justice Center at 216-443-7345. If it is an emergency, you should call 9-1-1.