St. George, Utah Parking Lot Event Offers "Treats" For Trauma Victims on Halloween
A Utah non-profit is hosting an hour-long drive-in event to help deliver some socially distant fun for women still healing from childhood and adult traumas.
By: Tanya Vece
"The event is a scavenger hunt meets trunk and treat theme. It is an hour of fun that allows families to follow a map and drive to treats. Those who complete the event and turn in a completed map will receive an extra treat," said Tracy Walker, Founder and President. "We have secret locations with designated themed parked cars where you can drive up and get Halloween candy."
Most holiday events can be filled with more trepidation than cheer for those who have survived abuse and are victims of trauma. Statistically, holidays can be triggers for many abuse and trauma survivors, which is why Trauma Help for Women wants to offer a safe event that changes the experience of holidays for women and their families.
Trauma Help for Women provides access to community resources and peer-to-peer support. Emotional support, safety resources, and much more is provided by the group to women who have survived acts of physical violence, sexual assault and emotional abuse. The group's special Halloween event has been created to align the values and efforts of Trauma Help for Women while raising awareness of these issues within the St. George community.
Trauma Help for Women's Halloween event will start at 6pm on October 31st. The downloadable scavenger hunt map to drive for treats is available on the organization's website. The website also offers a calendar of resources for women who may be seeking support and to break the cycle of lingering effects and lifestyle choices associated with recovering from abuse, violence and trauma.
"All of our events are created to build self-esteem and a sense of community amongst these women. It is easy to not heal the mind, body, and spirit after an escape from a domestic violence situation or as an adult leaving an abusive childhood. Our events inspire and provide hope while also connecting survivors to one another so they know they are not alone in the recovery process," finished Walker.