Dear friends, clients, and Team Members,
Team Blackwood, You Dig and TWC invite all of you to participate in supporting one of our fundraising events of the year!
We have until August 1st of this year to achieve our goal to Donate $1,000.00 to New Beginnings as we continue to help END DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. Please join us to make this happen!
New Beginnings empowers survivors and mobilizes community awareness and action to end domestic violence. Here is the link to get to know them more http://www.newbegin.org/
There are so many ways you can help to make this Community and our world better, and this, is one of them. Let's do it together!!
Ilyana T. wrote-
I have never referred to myself as a victim, neither as a survivor. I just really do not like those terms. At the end of the day I consider that anything that I have been through was the result of my choices, like anything in life, every action has a reaction, everything we do or say has an effect. Although, this happened to me (a female) please remember that this could happen to anyone; male or female, no matter the social status, race or color, or age. It can be you, your sister, mother, sibling, best friend, father, brother, etc...
In 2005, The Kent police and a maternity support provider rescued me from the apartment that I was held against my will, and locked by my now ex-husband. At that time I was 21 years old, with a 3 month old baby, and did not speak English, neither did I understand it. I did not have any family, relatives or friends close by.
Keep in mind that there are so many types of domestic abuse; physical, verbal or nonverbal abuse (psychological, mental, emotional), sexual abuse, stalking, economical, spiritual, etc...
When I was rescued from that nightmare, I was placed in a shelter, and then in a Transitional Housing Program at New Beginnings. New Beginnings saved me and my daughter, they protected us and gave us a place to stay, food and clothes, support and advocacy.
September 17th, 2010 I was invited by the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WSCADV) to give my testimony in front of the Seattle City Counsel in the forum "Through the lens of Domestic Violence: A look at Housing and Homelessness," to ask the Counsel for more funds needed and to hear our recommendations.
Now that I have shared a little about me and my background with this matter, I kindly ask you to help us to reach our goal. On behalf of me, my daughter, and all the families at New Beginnings, THANK YOU!
Please feel free to ask friends, family members and even neighbors to cooperate with the cause!
NEW BEGINNINGS wrote -
Imagine that you could help a survivor of domestic violence gain freedom by removing one of the barriers to independence: a deposit on an apartment, English as a Second Language classes, basic car repairs, uniforms for work, assistance with tuition, fees for legal documents, bus tickets, and so much more.
When Mala came to New Beginnings motivated to get a place of her own, she felt stuck. Her ex-husband had opened credit cards in her name, racking up loans and not paying the bill. The apartment she was hoping to move into wanted her to pay first and last month's rent, plus a huge security deposit because of her poor credit. New Beginnings gave her the funds she needed, freeing Mala from this barrier to independence. She moved into her own apartment a month later.
The Freedom Fund helps survivors working toward safety and independence and can make the difference between hopelessness and a lifetime of liberation from abuse.