Head 2 Toe

Each year, the Alliance of the American Dental Association (AADA) coordinates a Head 2 Toe Project which supports a local organization in need. The project is held in conjunction with the ADA Annual Meeting, and this year it was supposed to take place in Orlando. Although the ADA Annual Meeting has been canceled the Alliance is supporting a local organization in collaboration with the Central Florida District Dental Association and Dental Society of Greater Orlando. The coordinated support efforts are now through the close of the ADA Virtual Meeting, October 17th. This year, the Harbor House of Central Florida was selected. They are the only state certified domestic violence center serving Orange County. The Mission of the Harbor House strives to prevent and break the cycle of domestic abuse through empowerment, advocacy, education, and community engagement.

Why the Harbor House? October is Domestic Violence awareness month. They do a lot of education all year long, but in October they really bring the community in to help bring awareness. 

  • Harbor House started in 1976 and last year they touched 17,000 lives with their services.
  • Harbor House had 31,000 shelter nights in their emergency shelter.
  • Harbor House is one of less that 10% nationally that also has a childcare center and kennel on site.
  • Harbor House is one of the largest shelters and legal advocacy programs in the country. (210 beds)
  • Harbor House has a 24 hour hotline.

What is Domestic Violence? Domestic violence is a pattern of controlling behavior that may include physical, sexual, economic, cyber, emotional, and/or psychological abuse by a current or former intimate partner or family member. Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. It happens to couples who are currently or formerly married, living together, or dating. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.

How Can Alliance Members Help? You can join Harbor House in the efforts to end domestic violence by providing donated items through an Amazon Wish List found here https://amzn.to/3lK3GFl. Upon your purchase through Amazon, be sure to note in the comment section, Alliance Head 2 Toe Project! 

Find out more about volunteering or a monetary donation, you can help by visiting, www.harborhousefl.com/donate/ or 407-886-2244.