From a young age, being raised by a single mom who not only took care of my brother and I, but also worked full time and went back to college, I realized the strength and resilience one woman could possess. My mom instilled in me the values of hardwork, gratitude, appreciation and humility. As I grew older I became passionate about women's rights and healthcare inequities and longed to engage and learn more about social justice work. This passion led me to my current year of service as a Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest Member.
Through this program I live in community with seven other members where we commit to living simply and engaging and reflecting about spirituality and social and ecological justice. I am beyond grateful to have been placed at Rose Haven. One main lesson I have gleaned from this year is how important having a community space as a foundation can be in allowing our ladies to regain control of their lives. While progress is not always linear for many of our guests, Rose Haven has created a culture of meeting individuals where they are at and advocating for them to the best of our abilities.
In the current political climate, when so many voices have been oppressed, I feel so fortunate to be a part of programs that focus on the accompaniment of marginalized communties. Join my community and I this Mother's Day as we raise money and walk for the important women in our lives and the special guests of Rose Haven!