You Make a Difference for Survivors
2020 was an incredibly challenging year, as the pandemic, racial reckoning, political unrest, and economic downturn impacted survivors of domestic violence (DV) in very personal ways. Isolation grew and life became increasingly dangerous. At the same time, incomes fell and access to resources diminished. The combined pressures on survivors’ lives changed the daily rhythm of LifeWire’s work and strained our capacities. In no way was 2020 “business as usual.”
Yet, I am proud to say that LifeWire continued to serve survivors throughout the tumult. Our staff has shown up – remotely – with courage, creativity, and grit. We provided 368 families that would have been homeless with shelter and housing solutions. Our legal advocates helped twice as many survivors file for protection orders. We continued to teach youth about healthy relationships and shifted support groups online.
LifeWire also restated and reaffirmed our commitment to increasing racial equity, recognizing that domestic violence is intertwined with all other forms of oppression. In 2020 our staff became majority BIPOC, with representation at all levels to better reflect our community. We established a racial equity Task Force comprised of board and staff members to move forward specific, measurable goals and we approved and published our first set of racial equity values. LifeWire was able to do all this because you, our community of donors and partners, stood with us to make vital services possible and support our growth and evolution.
On behalf of the board, staff and the survivors we serve,