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Family Violence in Memphis and Shelby County: 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men in our community will be the victim of domestic violence in their lifetime.

National research indicates that children are present for roughly half of these reported incidents.

It is crucial to give children the tools to increase hope and resiliency in difficult situations

Help The Family Safety Center Provide Camp HOPE

A Week-long Camp For Children of Domestic Violence to Find Fellowship, Support, and Coping Skills

Camp HOPE America is the first evidence-based camping and mentoring program for children exposed to trauma in the United States.

When exposed to violence in the home, children are significantly more likely to become an abuser or victim themselves….

Our goal is to give children and teens their childhood back and help them find a Pathway to HOPE.

Could You Survive?

58% of all local violent crime is domestic violence

1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence.

1/3 of these children will grow up to become an abuser, and another 1/3 will grow up to become a victim of domestic violence.

Give Them HOPE

Camp HOPE provides children with positive coping mechanisms. Allowing them to thrive in difficult environments.

Over the course of the week, campers participate in a variety of activities, ranging from field games, rock climbing, canoeing, high and low ropes courses.

We use art projects to silly campfire songs, meaningful cabin discussion, and character trait awards to create an environment where kids feel safe, encouraged, seen, and appreciated.

We use an evidence-and values-based curriculum for teaching. During cabin small group time, campers learn how to overcome adversity and exhibit positive character traits.

In Other Words…

“Camp HOPE Makes me want to do my best everyday”
– Camp HOPE Tennessee 2017 participant

“Camp HOPE is a powerful, effective way to love these children before the trauma they have experienced destroys their futures.”
– Casey Gwinn, the founder of Camp HOPE America

“We saw these kids learn to calm themselves through our activities, learn to make friends, and try new things….Camp HOPE was an amazing experience!”
– Camp HOPE Tennessee 2017 Counselor

“Hope is sweet-minded and sweet-eyed. It draws pictures; it weaves fancies; it fills the future with delight.”

– Henry Ward Beecher

  • Children with increased hope and resiliency can cope with negative situations and achieve future goals.
  • Higher hope children are more optimistic about the future, have stronger problem solving skills, and develop more life goals. Hopeful children are less likely to have behavior problems or experience psychological distress.
  • These children also report better interpersonal relationships and higher school achievement success in the areas of attendance, grades, graduation rates, and college going rates.