Equipped is a registered Pittsburgh non-profit dedicated to helping empower survivors of violence by assisting them in rebuilding their lives, and becoming independent. Our “Get Equipped!” series is a collection of classes centered around self-esteem and successful self-reliance, aimed at empowering survivors of abuse and with the goal of preventing their return to their abusers due to need or insecurity.
After experiencing emotional, physical, and/or financial terrorism, in which they were accused of being incompetent, punished for failure, or denied access to funds or the right to control their own lives, intimate partner abuse survivors often lack confidence in their ability to handle common everyday stressors and can be easily overwhelmed by anything that poses a threat to any routine they may have established after leaving their abusers.
To increase the confidence of women contemplating leaving their abusers, and to support those who have already left, in order to reduce the rate of return, Equipped has developed a series of half day classes intended to address key areas of independent living and provide participants with the skills necessary to remain self-sufficient.
Our “Get Equipped!” series offers five classes of two hours each covering the following areas:
• Basic Home and Car Maintenance and Repair (Home series covers how to change door locks, how to make small cosmetic repairs, fuse box and pilot light familiarity, and simple plumbing. Car series covers how to change a tire, how to check oil, how to top off fluids, common noises to be aware of, and the meaning of warning lights)
•Household Finances/Budgeting (how to develop and maintain a monthly budget, how to save for emergencies, how to budget for holidays and special occasions)
•Family Care and Child needs (how to help children to adjust to a single parent home, how to address academic, social, and safety needs, how to have family fun on a budget, meal planning, and how to talk to children about abuse)
•Self-Care (coping mechanisms, exercise/health, education and enrichment options, where to find legal/social/ medical and empowerment resources, and self-defense basics)
Each series uses proven curriculums and is led by a combination of trained professionals and dedicated volunteers, all of whom have obtained pertinent state clearances and attended specific training courses enabling them to better serve the women and children we encounter.
Each class costs an average of $1,000 and includes:
Take Home Class Materials and Resources
Limited Bus Passes for Women