BENEFITING: Casa Myrna Vazquez, Inc.
ORGANIZER: Casa Myrna Vazquez, Inc.
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015
Since I moved to Boston this August, I haven’t gone one day without passing a “Boston Strong” sign. The message is everywhere…in the windows of my favorite North End restaurants and blazoned on the t-shirts of the people I pass on my way to work. It is a message that captures what I am coming to love about this city: the sense of community, the resiliency, the independence and courage of the people who live here.
What I have also learned since moving to Boston is that too many people in this city are in unsafe, abusive relationships, without access to the resources and support they need to be “Boston Strong.” Boston police make over 5,000 domestic violence arrests a year and SafeLink, the Massachusetts-wide domestic violence hotline, received over 20,000 phone calls in 2014. Luckily for Boston there is Casa Myrna Vazquez, an incredible organization that provides an array of domestic violence services including:
•Three Boston-based shelters for survivors who are homeless due to domestic and dating violence.
•A comprehensive range of bilingual English/Spanish supportive services to provide survivors with tools to recover from the trauma of abuse and begin to build sustainable self-sufficiency. Our services include; housing assistance; financial literacy education and job readiness skill building; individual and group counseling; legal advocacy and representation; and community-based advocacy.
•SafeLink Hotline (877-785-2020), the only statewide, 24/7, multilingual domestic violence hotline in Massachusetts.
•Education, outreach and public awareness, including annual campaigns on mass transit systems statewide about domestic and dating violence.
• Domestic and dating violence prevention trainings and education to teens and adults across the state.
Ever since I started college, running has been my own personal way of finding strength. I am so fortunate that for me, all it takes is a pair of sneakers and I can feel safe and in control of my life. I am even more fortunate that now, through running, I have the opportunity to help others feel the same. However, I can’t do it without your help! Your support of our Casa Myrna Marathon team will provide much need supplies and services to survivors of domestic violence:
•$75 – you buy three nights of healthy foods for a family of three coming into one of our shelters
•$100 – you purchase new sheets, pillows and towels for a family in one of our shelters
•$150 – you provide ten new children’s and adult books for the library in the Teen Parenting Program
•$200 – you help defray the moving costs for a survivor who is transitioning into a safe, permanent, affordable home
•$250 – you ensure a survivor is not alone in court at a restraining order hearing
•$500 – you support two workshops for high school students on dating violence and healthy relationships
•$1,000 – you keep the SafeLink hotline open for 12 hours
•$2,500 – you sponsor a five-week personal economic planning workshop for 10 survivors
I feel so privileged to be spending the year before I start medical school as a research assistant studying the causes of domestic violence and the barriers that prevent survivors from getting the resources and support they need. By running the 2015 Boston Marathon, I now have the opportunity to make a more direct impact and further this important cause. Thank you so much for supporting Team Casa Myrna and helping make “Boston Strong” a reality for everyone!