Agencies Harmony House

Harmony House Children’s Advocacy Center

Contact Information:

Name of Program Funded through UW: Community Education Coordinator

Contact Name: Rita Coyne

Phone Number: 304-230-2205

Email: hhdirector@harmonyhousecac.com

Website:harmonyhousecacwv.org

What is Harmony House?

The mission of Harmony House, Children’s Advocacy Center is to reduce the effects of abuse on all children, as well as individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, and the community by serving as a community resource to facilitate identification, intervention, and the prevention of child abuse. Harmony House, as a Children’s Advocacy Center, envisions a world where the abuse of children, as well as those with developmental disabilities, does not exist.

How does United Way support Harmony House?

Programming includes both internally and externally developed and researched-based presentations and sources. These can be presented to many different populations related to the field of safety and the well-being of the children in our communities.

Body Safety Education Offerings include:
• Body Safety Basic Skills – Harmony House developed a program designed to discuss and develop a basic understanding of body autonomy, respecting physical boundaries, and developing and implementing safety rules for each child.
• Empower Me Curriculum – Researched-based program by Gundersun and the Jacob Wetterling Research Center to teach children to develop appropriate body safety rules and boundaries.
• Second Step – Evidenced-Based program by Committee for Children to utilize best practice principles of repeated lessons regarding education and practice on body safety and appropriate skills. *Currently utilized in partnership with school systems/agencies who have purchased the program.
• Challenging Situations – Harmony House developed a program to discuss and teach skills related to appropriate communication, boundaries, and other social skill building. The program also addresses difficulties commonly faced in families (ie. Drug endangerment, mental illness, or family separations, etc.) and teaches protective factors for assisting with these experiences.
• The Basics of Consent – Harmony House developed a program to discuss and teach an understanding of consent across several settings with a primary focus on dating relationships, the legal definition of consent, and teaching appropriate communication and refusal skills. This program provides interactive examples to engage students in practicing skills learned throughout the program.
• Awareness and Understanding of Child Trafficking – Harmony House program to discuss common myths around the topic of Trafficking of minors and develop a better understanding of this often misunderstood and continually growing topic in social awareness.

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Community Success Stories

Check out the following Community Success Stories for examples of how Harmony House has impacted our community.

Harmony House Helps 15 Year Old Work Towards Healing

We’re sharing success stories from UW member organizations that are demonstrating excellent care for our community members.    This one comes from Harmony House: “In 2021, our team at Harmony House met a shy, smart, 15-year-old girl named Emma. Emma had reluctantly disclosed to her father that her mother's new husband, her stepfather, had been sexually abusing her. Emma's father alerted C ...

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“…she felt comfortable enough that she could share her own story of abuse…”

Ten years ago, a now adult woman, attended a Harmony House presentation.  Through the message of the presentation, she felt comfortable enough that she could share her own story of abuse to a staff-person at her school. From that moment things began to change.  Her disclosure was made, criminally prosecuted and she obtained services from Harmony House at that young age.  Upon her discharge from ...

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Sam

This year, Harmony House, a United Way agency, met a small and scared seven-year-old boy named "Sam." His initial referral came from the Sherriff Office due to potential stalking and domestic violence of his mother. A forensic interview was scheduled but was then rescheduled by his mother due to some "behaviors" the child was displaying. It was at that time we were informed that Sam was a child di ...

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“She truly is a picture of what hope and support can do for a child who has been through trauma.”

S is a 17-year-old female who came to Harmony House, a United Way agency, from Wheeling, WV. She was removed from her home approximately 8 months ago for sexual abuse by a family member, as well as emotional and physical abuse by both of her biological parents. She was referred for a forensic interview by Child Protective Services and brought to Harmony House by an adult sibling. The Child and Fam ...

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The Unimaginable

"On a Monday morning, just after arriving at school, Danny found the courage to tell his teacher that his step-father had been sexually assaulting him for the past year. He disclosed that the last assault had occurred that same morning, after his mother left for work. His teacher reported the abuse immediately to law enforcement and child protective services. The investigative entities made an eme ...

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“Why go back when you can just go forward.”

A year ago, seventeen year old Alexa lost her mother to breast cancer. Through her grief, she has struggled to maintain her 4.0 GPA, work a part-time job to help her family, and complete graduation requirements to attend college. On the outside she may seem like she’s holding it all together, and she was, until a friend of the family broke into her home and sexually assaulted her.  Alexa was re ...

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