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Deborah Gordon-Gurfinkel talks about Telling It

Deborah is interviewed by Ann Arbor's Community Television Network

“I want to tell you that I am homeless.” This is what a teenager recently shared during a Telling It program session. Sadly, many of our youth cope with various degrees of trauma - home and food insecurity, bullying, a high level of violence or living in poverty. Because of our donor’s financial support, we are able to provide a trauma-informed resiliency building program that helps the healing and learning needs of underserved children and teens. Today, through a quick intervention by our trained Telling It staff, this homeless teenager is now sheltered and receiving support services.

Here are a few Telling It highlights of our current year.

  • Celebrating our 16 th year in Washtenaw County!
  • Telling It is running 5 program sites serving on average 60 youth ages 7-18 on a weekly basis in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor. Roughly half of the youth are returning from previous years.
  • We have expanded from 1 to 2 weekly program sessions for teenagers at Ypsilanti’s Parkridge Community Center enabling us to reach twice the number of teens.
  • At the request of Avalon Housing, Telling It will return January 2019 to their Carrot Way community with weekly programs for elementary and middle school youth. Telling It currently offers a weekly session for middle school youth at their Pauline Apts.

Our evaluation results for the past year demonstrated that youth felt they were valued and respected in the weekly Telling It sessions. They reported that Telling It provided a safe space for them to share their life experiences and their hurts.

We are asking for help so we can continue to offer individualized support for our children and teens that have experienced trauma. Gifts of all sizes are welcome in support of our work.


Deb Gordon-Gurfinkel
Founding Director

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