women and children victims have received food support through our Food Box Program
victims have been assisted with utility and rent expenses for their households, along with school supplies for their children in the past year through our fundraising efforts
special needs children have received monetary support toward education through our services
If it were not for the education, ability to listen, compassion, and understanding provided by the women involved with Raise Your Voice, I would be nothing more than another statistic living in daily fear or worse, dead.
These women are far more than counselors, they are angels, allowing each person who asks for help the chance of achievement. With guidance and gentleness, the clients gain much more than anyone could possibly ask for: our dignity and our self-worth.
I was in the Government Shelter three times due to physical, mental, and emotional abuse from my partner of several years who is also the father of my children. I’ve been through a lot with him, from threats of killing me and my children, to chasing me in public, to begging and crying for forgiveness, pretty much your typical abuser.
I have left and returned home several times. Most recently, I made that choice because my abuser told me he would kill me and bury me and in the backyard.
Since being assisted by Raise Your Voice I have learned that the abuse is not my fault and it is okay to ask for help. My children and I left everything behind. Thankfully, help with clothing, food, and hygiene products was provided by Raise Your Voice, and anything they didn’t have at the Safe House that we needed, they helped us find.
We are responsible for ourselves at the Safe House, but we are safe and the counselor communicates with us via whats app because of Covid-19. The volunteers are wonderful, and while you think you’re weak and think you can’t get help or can’t move, the staff is strong for you, empowering us and making us feel strong.
Today, I feel like I can do it. I have beautiful children who are safe and I have hope for the future. I feel safe for once in my life. Before coming into the Safe House I felt like I had no hope, like the only way out was death, for him or me.
But today I am ready to take the next step in my life.