Sunday Friends recognizes that the prevention of violence – domestic violence, child abuse, adolescents acting out, bullying, gang involvement and substance abuse – is largely tied to family strength, parenting effectiveness, management of stress and the empowerment that comes from knowing you can meet your needs.
Sunday Friends fosters violence prevention through:
Our measured results demonstrate that, through Sunday Friends:
Families tell us:
"I used to be in a gang but no more. Sunday Friends has played in those changes because it has taught me to go moving in the right direction, to not do drugs, to be much more friendly to people. Sunday Friends also has even helped me to get along with my own family - to never look back and to be who I am and not what other people expect me to be, but who I feel comfortable of being. Without Sunday Friends I think I would still be lost in the world I lived before."
"Before coming to Sunday Friends, I didn't have patience with my kids and I spoke loudly to them. I feel that we didn't understand each other. They also were rebellious and I did not know how to speak to them. When I started to come here and take classes that were offered here, I learned. I feel that they have taught us much about being better parents."
"I love my children but I didn't know how to show them. And what I most like is that my kids have changed their behavior. They are more affectionate, talk more with me, their character also changed and they are doing better in school. They are more sociable, and I think their self-esteem has improved."
"As a family, we've learned the value of teamwork and helping one another and helping out others, also cheering others on and developing vital qualities such as determination, eagerness, integrity, honesty and punctuality, to name a few."
"At Sunday Friends, my kids have learned how to interact with others and be friends with different races and not discriminate against others."
"I came here to steal from Sunday Friends but now I don't steal no more. Now I team up with my son and we do work together and we make tickets for what we need."