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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I have a dream. That my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
Last week, 11-year-old Brian was asked to bring this famous quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to life. He started by drawing a large circle, colored in blotches of green and blue to represent our earth. Slowly, he started adding stick figures around the globe. Some were black, some were white, some were brown. All of them were standing arm in arm in unity.
Brian’s picture is in a scrapbook, along with other hand-drawn images from children who attend LifeWire’s weekly support group. The images were drawn as part of a “We Have Dreams” project – each one meant to breathe life into the dynamic words of Dr. King’s famous speech, delivered on August 28, 1963.
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In the final weeks of October’s Domestic Violence Action Month, we watched as yet another domestic violence allegation come to light against a professional sports player.
Josh Brown, kicker for the New York Giants, admitted to emotionally, physically, mentally and verbally abusing his now ex-wife, Molly Brown, through the release of journals and documents. In addition, he admitted to exhibiting abusive behavior toward women from the age of 7 after having been sexually abused as a child.
The story of Molly and Josh Brown is unique, but sadly, not uncommon.
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Imagine having to summarize years of violent abuse and trauma in a single paragraph. What would you write? Imagine having to talk about this violent abuse to a judge while your abuser watched you. What would you say?
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The most effective way to reduce homelessness is to prevent people from becoming homeless in the first place. At LifeWire, we’ve known this intuitively for a long time. Now, we have the results to prove it.
Continue reading “King County Leaders Look to LifeWire’s Innovative Housing Stability Program as a Model to Eradicate Family Homelessness”