The Our Voice Project: Survivor Wellness & Leadership Programs

Through The Our Voice Project, HopeWorks provides opportunities for survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence to connect and support each other, develop leadership, and work together for change.

The Our Voice Project is comprised of eight peer-lead educational and wellness programs that are based in trauma-informed peer support and self-advocacy. The programs are not intended to replace or to be a substitute for counseling.

For more information email Vanita Leatherwood, Director of Community Engagement, at or call (410) 997-0304.

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Leadership Opportunities

The Our Voice Advisory Council is HopeWorks’ organizing mechanism for survivors to build community, share insights and provide feedback on issues such as current events, and agency services or programs. Sub-committees include Legislative Advocacy and Outreach to Faith Communities. Meetings are quarterly, held in the months of July, October, January, and April.

Survivor Support Group for Learning & Self-Care

Survivors are invited to attend Preservation Circle. Through engaging and creative activities, we cultivate continued courage, self-compassion, connection, learning and self-directed advocacy. Events and topics vary. Past events have included workshops about emotional abuse, the trauma effects of trauma on the body and arts-based stress relief. Meets on the second Saturday of the month (September to May) 10am to noon.

Developing Self-care Practices

During one-on-one sessions called Poetry N2 Wellness, survivors who are out of crisis, can learn and practice wellness and healing techniques. Sessions include development of self-care practices and mindfulness tools, as well as creative activities such as expressive journaling, visual journaling, and mixed-media arts. No prior art or writing experience is needed. Call to schedule an appointment for an entrance interview.

Learn more about Poetry N2 Wellness private sessions.

Fostering Self-care & Healing

In our eight-week Self-care & the Healing Journey workshop series, we use expressive arts activities to explore issues, share insights and learn from guest speakers. Topics include stress relief, healing, self-awareness, identity, understanding boundaries, self-compassion, mental and physical health awareness, and the dynamics of experiencing multiple oppressions (e.g., poverty and sexual violence).

Addressing Intersections of Oppression & Healing

In LOVED: A Survivor Support Group for Black Women, we address “triple jeopardy”; the exploitation and oppression experienced by survivors who are black women. Through engaging and creative activities, we cultivate self-love, sustained acceptance and affirmation, beloved community, and strategies to address the root causes of violence. Sessions feature the use of expressive-arts techniques, guided discussions, seminars, and guest speakers. Meets on the fourth Saturday of the month (September to May), 10am to Noon.

Learn more about LOVED.

Maintaining Your Healing Journey

After participating in Poetry N2 Wellness one-on-one sessions or a workshop series you are eligible to receive Journaling Our Voice, a monthly eNewsletter focusing on expressive arts techniques such as poetry, jour-naling prompts, inspirational quotes, arts journaling ideas, affirmations and more.

Annual Wellness & Self-care Day Retreat

During the Unlearning Not to Speak Day Retreat, we host a day of interactive workshops where we share, play, reflect, learn, and collectively celebrate surviving and thriving. This event is typically held on the second Saturday in June.

Prepare to Share Your Survivor Story

If you would like to be a member of HopeWorks’ Speakers Bureau, inquire about our next Speakers Bureau Training program. In this eight-week workshop series we provide you with the support and tools to be an effective public speaker. Call to schedule an appointment for an entrance interview.


24-Hour Sexual, Dating and Domestic Violence Helpline: (410) 997-2272



9770 Patuxent Woods Dr., Suite 300

Columbia, MD, 21046

(410) 997-0304