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Join Us for our Annual Evening of Hope

An Evening of Hope honors and celebrates our exceptional community partners. Through their philanthropic efforts and investments in our community and Haven Hills, this year’s honorees transform and save lives, they inspire all of us to engage in the spirit of volunteerism and community building – offering hope to Los Angeles’ most vulnerable citizens.

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This year Haven Hills will honor:

Kristen Speller, Betty Fisher Legacy Award Recipient

Kristen SpellerKristen Speller is The Co-Founder of The Love IS Foundation, located in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, a non-profit foundation which provides necessary support for survivors of abuse, as well as nutrition, music and wellness. Kristen is also a member of The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, (NARAS) and is a Songwriter with BMI. Kristen wrote and produced her 2011 debut album, Misguided Dignity which reached critical acclaim for her Indie effort. Her album was about survivorship of Domestic Violence. Kristen donates her music to Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Shelters in California and Las Vegas, NV. She aspires to give survivors hope, help and healing through her music. http://www.loveisfoundation.org/

Northrop Grumman, The Community Hope Award Recipient

Northrop GrummanFor many years Northrup Grumman has supported Haven Hills and our community with bag packs, diapers, supplies and gift drives to support our clients. Spearheaded by Doug Allen, Carolyn Nelson, and Anna Phonogpatana; the Northrup Grumman staff coordinate and create care packages and essentials that our clients depend on, starting with the basics, their efforts are instrumental in helping our clients rebuild lives. http://www.northropgrumman.com

Anne Williams, Citizen of Distinction Award Recipient

Ann WilliamsAnne Williams is the Chief Operating and Chief Credit Officer of California United Bank, a bank that she helped to establish in 2005 which has grown to $2.3 Billion in assets and is publicly traded on the NASDAQ. She also serves as a director of the bank. Prior to CUB, Ms. Williams was a Senior Vice President and the Credit Risk Manager for the California Commercial Banking Market at US Bank. Earlier, she was Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of Santa Monica Bank. Santa Monica Bank was a wholly owned subsidiary of Western Bancorp, which was purchased by US Bank in November 1999. Ms. Williams serves on the Board of Directors of the Valley Economic Development Corporation where she is on the Executive Committee and also serves as the Loan Board Chairman. https://www.californiaunitedbank.com/

Dr. Wendy Walsh,  Woman of Distinction Award Recipient

wendy-colorDr. Wendy Walsh is America’s thought-leader on relationships, Dr. Wendy was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work as co-host on The Dr. Phil spinoff, The Doctors TV show. She also hosts Investigation Discovery Network’s “Happily NEVER After,” as well as being part of Dr. Drew’s Behavior Bureau on HLN Network. On CNN and 9 Network, Australia, she breaks down the psychology of sex, love, gender roles, divorce, parenting and other human behaviors. Dr. Wendy is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at California State University, Channel Islands. She holds a B.A. in Journalism, a Masters degree in Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, and is the author of three books and numerous publications, including The 30-Day Love Detox.  http://www.drwendywalsh.com/

You Are Not Alone: The Strength of Haven Hills

Domestic violence can happen to anyone.

Married couples. People who are living together or who are dating. Teens. College students. Newlyweds. So-called “Power Couples” blessed with wealth and fame. Men and women working to raise themselves out of poverty. LGBTQ partners. People with disabilities. Seniors. Anyone.

Domestic violence affects everyone. So we all need to understand what domestic violence is. Learn how to recognize the signs of DV happening in your own life, or in the lives of friends, family, neighbors, co-workers. Anyone you know.

Always remember: Domestic violence shows itself as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to get or keep power and control over an intimate partner.

Abuse is physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions to influence another person. In an abusive relationship, one intimate partner uses physical, sexual, emotional or other violence to try Read More →

Immigrants and Domestic Violence

Yes, ALL immigrants in the U.S. do have the right to live life free from violence and abuse. Haven Hills has been honored to serve the community in the San Fernando Valley area of Southern California for over forty years. We have become experts on the special challenges that immigrants to the U.S. face. We want our English-speaking and Spanish-speaking communities to recognize that abusive partners have additional ways to exert power and control over their victims due to the victim’s immigration status. If you are an immigrant or refugee in an abusive relationship, you may face challenges that can make it feel difficult to reach out for help. Read the following checklist to find out if you are being manipulated because you are an immigrant:

Are you being isolated? Does your partner control what you do, who you see, who you talk to, where the money is spent? Make you feel bad, humiliated, and worthless? Is your intimate partner preventing you from learning English or communicating with friends, family or the many other people from your home country living right here in Southern California?

Does your partner threaten you with deportation? Is your intimate partner trying to control you by threatening to withdraw your application for legal status?

Has your partner taken possession of important documents that are rightfully yours? Has your abusive partner taken, hidden or destroyed legal documents or papers you need in this country such as passports, resident cards, health insurance or driver’s licenses?

Is your partner manipulating your path to U.S. citizenship or legal residency? Has your partner withdrawn or failed to file papers for your residency? Has your partner lied to you by threatening that you will lose your citizenship or residency if you report the physical or sexual violence to the police? Does your partner tell you that it is your fault he hurts you and says “if only you wouldn’t make him act this way,” he wouldn’t have to withdraw your immigration papers?

Has your partner caused you to lose employment? Has your intimate partner tried to get you fired from your job by Read More →