Celebrating V-Day

There are 10 women who live at My Friend’s Place – LifeWire’s transitional housing shelter.

All 10 women are mothers. All are survivors of domestic violence.

Last week, the women gathered together in their communal living room with a LifeWire advocate for support group.

The back wall of the room had a piece of paper taped to it with nine words written across the top:

My Personal Bill of Rights in a Healthy Relationship.

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Welcoming LifeWire’s Next Leader

LifeWire is excited to announce that we have identified our next great Executive Director – Rachel Krinsky!

An experienced executive with 20 years of non-profit leadership positions dedicated to social justice, Rachel will join us as LifeWire’s Executive Director on Monday, February 27, 2017.

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Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

1 in 3 adolescents in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner.

February 1 marks the beginning of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM) – a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent it.

To honor this year’s TDVAM, we’ll spend each week in February highlighting the stories of four local high school students who spend their free time interning and volunteering right here at LifeWire.

The stories are written in their voice, with their own words. They are stories of hardship, empowerment and hope. Stories of what it means to be a teenager in today’s society.

We hope you enjoy these brave and brilliant leaders of tomorrow as much as we do.

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Always Forward – An Open Letter to Survivors of Domestic Violence

For 34 years, we’ve held to one simple belief: that every person – regardless of race, religion, immigration status, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status or experience – deserves to live in a safe environment, free from oppression and with the opportunity to thrive.

For 34 years, we’ve opened our doors day after day to survivors who have the incredible amounts of courage and strength needed to persevere. We’ve cried with you and celebrated with you. We’ve felt your pain and your joy.

We know that we will continue to face obstacles and opposing views in the coming years. Many people will try their hardest to normalize the violence and abuse you’ve experienced.

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