Droppin' some green for Greenhouse Shelter
Organized by: Vidya Govind
Another birthday in the books, another year filled with amazing opportunities to reflect on how blessed and privileged my life has been during the past 25 years. I am especially lucky to have had chances to interact with some amazing local organizations.
One of the most impactful experiences for me was working at Greenhouse shelter in Chicago with Dr. Sonia Oyola. Greenhouse is an incredible place of refuge, empowerment, and support for women and children who are survivors of domestic abuse. Each visit left me in awe at the unbreakable spirit of every employee and resident there. It is one of the largest shelters in Chicago, and one of only two that accepts women with teenage sons.
Despite constant funding issues, Greenhouse tirelessly serves each resident in the unique way they need to be served. I've watched as employees worked toward this end -- for example, using their own money to buy socks for children at the shelter so that they wouldn't have to go to school with cold feet.
Like any human rights violations, this cause should not exist. Luckily for all survivors, shelters like Greenhouse will be around until they are no longer needed. Until then, I hope we can all show our support for such truly irreplaceable organizations by offering whatever monetary donations we can. $25 is just a suggestion, but no amount is too big or small! We've raised $6,000 together in the past, and I am confident that we can continue our trend of generosity.
Let me know if you have any questions, and thank you for your time. More about Greenhouse here: http://cawc.org/programs/greenhouse/