Staff Profile: Ta’Nika Ellington
Peace River Center Victim Services Advocate Gains National Speaking Experience, Shares Expertise with Domestic Violence Advocates from Around the World
Each time Ta’Nika Ellington takes the stage or begins a workshop her core message is the same: every advocate has tools to equip survivors to be successful. During her time as an Economic Justice Advocate at Peace River Center Victim Services Ta’Nika has developed the Economic Empowerment Program from start to finish—including writing the policies and procedures, creating the program handbooks, developing forms and lesson plans, and building community relationships.
Additionally, she earned the Financial Social Work Certification and became a Nationally Certified Credit Counselor. Beyond her daily duties of teaching financial education and small business classes, overseeing two affordable housing options for survivors, connecting them with other community resources, writing grants, and much more, Ta’Nika also teaches other advocates how to be successful.
Workshops Around the US
In March of 2018, she conducted a workshop “Creating Enthusiasm for Economic Justice: A Local Program Perspective” at the National Network to End Domestic Violence’s 2nd Annual Economic Justice Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada. During that workshop, she shared an overview of her program with advocates from around the world. She taught them about housing, employment, financial empowerment, adult literacy, credit counseling, small business, and case management.
“It was amazing connecting with other advocates and hearing how people are empowering survivors across the globe. I shared our best practices and successes, and heard what other organizations are doing in their communities,” said Ta’Nika.
Additionally, she was honored with having the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV) request for a potential partner organization to shadow her. The partner agency wanted to understand how she interviews survivors and enrolls them in the Economic Justice program.
Continuing to Share and Empower Survivors
Ta’Nika continues adding to her experience. In September of 2018, she conducted a workshop at the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) Annual Conference in Rhode Island. Peace River Center and survivors throughout Polk, Hardee and Highlands Counties are fortunate to have someone as driven and compassionate as Ta’Nika.