TARA APPROACH in the Boulder Daily Camera

‘Nonprofit Spotlight’, April 8th 2006

Non-Profit Spotlight: The DOM Project, by Erika Stutzman

OUR MISSION:

The TARA Approach for the Resolution of Shock and Trauma is the treatment arm of the Dom Project, a nonprofit organization established to end the lineage of violence by addressing its root causes. The Dom Project is dedicated to providing holistic and empowering resources that derail traumatic repetition neurologically, allowing the nervous system to recover from overwhelming experience.

WE SERVE:

The Dom Project provides training, materials and resources to health care professionals, service agencies, therapists, family birthing units, midwives, childbirth educators, and parents.

BRIEF HISTORY:

The Dom Project was established in 1994 and is named for Domingo Orejudos, the first person to die of AIDS in Boulder County. Originally focused on services to those living with HIV and AIDS, the organization has expanded exponentially to serve other communities around the world.

PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

The Dom Project spearheaded and organized a conference in March 2005 that brought together environmental scientists and birth advocates from around the world to collaborate on protecting the children of the future from threats to their health and wellbeing.

GREATEST NEED:

We provide scholarships for training to midwives, doulas, Native People, childbirth educators, domestic violence shelters, agencies serving survivors of sexual abuse, organizations for families in crisis, people with AIDS and wherever traumatic repetition takes its toll. We need financial support to continue these programs, corporate sponsorship, ad a greater recognition of who we are and what we do. We need funding for additional administrative support and to produce educational materials.

FUTURE PLANS:

The Dom Project is creating educational venues to disseminate the data collected at our 2005 conference. In particular we are committed to informing parents and parents-to-be about environmental contaminants and other threats to babies, including children in utero, that can be avoided or prevented. This material is in the form of video footage, brochures, and informational literature. We want to make these resources generally available to those who need them the most.