GROWTH has partnered with drug treatment professionals to develop PEN TO PAPER: Journaling to Heal which is a workshop designed for parents (and future parents) of at-risk youth to help break the cycle of abuse and addiction. PEN TO PAPER provides a therapeutic platform for youth and adults to share their stories in an effort to help themselves heal. PEN TO PAPER is based on the journaling style featured in Children of War: The Mike Rodriguez Story, a book written by Deana Ruggieri and Tom Nelson to help victims of abuse and addiction tell their stories to heal their own trauma.
“My dream is to write a book for kids abused just like I was, and that by sharing my horror and shame with them, these children of war will know they are not alone.” – Mike Rodriguez
Thus begins Children of War, the true story of Mike Rodriguez, a young man who chronicles the torture and repercussions of childhood physical and sexual abuse, an inadequate child welfare system, alcoholism, heroin addiction, and multiple incarcerations. Mike’s story was featured in two documentary films, Skid Row and Without A Home. Mike’s story demonstrates the value of putting pen to paper, of journaling to heal. His technique is central to the PEN TO PAPER workshop. For more information contact Deana Ruggieri.