Come to the Stable

The Stephen Spalding Foundation

Core Values

Come to the Stable/The Stephen Spalding
Foundation is concerned for the health and
well-being of survivor/ victims and their
families whatever their race, ethnic
origin, language, gender, or religious or
political background.

 

We stand with those who have been sexually
abused.  Our mission is one of mercy and hope.

 

By "sexual abuse" we mean both severe physical and mental suffering deliberately inflicted on a person in the custody or under the control of a person and/or organization, including family members, schools, church-affiliated organizations,
day-care providers, employers, and the police, among others.

 

We also welcome the rich cultural diversity of all stakeholders and seek to combat racism, sexism, ageism, and other forms of prejudice or discrimination in our services and activities.

 

We Understand the Violence of Sexual Abuse

We stand with those who have been sexually abused.  Come to the Stable/The Stephen Spalding Foundation supports those who have suffered the violence of sexual abuse.

 

A child molester or sexual predator can be a family member, friend, priest, doctor, lawyer, plumber, teacher, or stranger.  There is no job description for someone intent on committing crime.

 

Rape and forcible sodomy are sexual crimes.  Less visible means of sexual molestation can be intentional, such as emotional and psychological torture.

 

Molesting another human being is unacceptable behavior that demands punishment for the perpetrator and healing for the survivor.

 

We understand that sexual abuse is an extreme and destructive experience that:

 

  • Attacks people’s sense of identity, dignity and humanity;

  • Affects their capacity to form trusting relationships;

  • Causes long-term effects on people’s lives, which may include
    physical and/or psychological difficulties;

  • Forces survivor/victims to adapt in many and various ways
    to survive and live with the memories and the effects of the crime;

  • Demands access to humane and professional services that will
    support survivor/victims and their loved ones in the healing process; and

  • Requires others to acknowledge survivor/victims as whole people,
    deserving kindness and support; and not expecting that their violent
    experiences can be treated in isolation from the rest of their lives.

 

We value working in dedicated assistance to the
healing of those who have suffered the violence
of sexual abuse so that:

 

  • Barriers in communication about such
    a highly personal and painful area of
    experience can be minimized so that
    the survivor/victim can begin a new
    journey of discovery;

  • Knowledge and understanding of the particular nature and effects of sexual violence can receive the appropriate responses throughout the healing process;

  • Wisdom leads us to recognize that molesting another human being is unacceptable behavior that demands punishment for the perpetrator and
    healing for survivors; and

  • Both short-term and long-term services are available under one roof.

 

We value the generosity of our donors and volunteers. To ensure proper use of what they provide, we stand for:

 

  • Integrity and transparency in our use of money and other resources;

  • Management with clear lines of authority and responsibility under the
    governance of our bylaws and articles of incorporation; and

  • Cultivating good communication throughout our organization, so that our
    work and our decisions benefit from expertise and experience available.

 

As with medical professionals, we believe in the tenet: Do no harm.

Come to the Stable/The Stephen Spalding Foundation is not a government agency.

We receive no Federal or State funding, grants, or loans.

 

Most importantly, Come to the Stable/the Stephen Spalding Foundation envisions a place where the survivor/victims of sexual molestation will be able to feel that their experiences are recognized and believed; where they can safely express grief and anger.  Your financial support will help us realize our goals.


To make a donation, please mail your check to:

Come to the Stable/The Stephen Spalding Foundation
1333 Ninth Street
Marion, Iowa 52302


Please send any questions or comments to: mjwegs@bitstream.net.


Or call: 319-899-1624


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Building a Safe Harbor . . . .


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