Making the holiday season a little brighter at the Women’s Shelter
The holiday months can be particularly difficult on families, especially families and individuals who seek the help of Family Services as a result of experiencing sexual assault and/or domestic violence.
The U.S. Department of Justice and the National Center for Victims of Crime report that one in four women in the US will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Women experience abuse emotionally, financially, and physically in these situations, and their children often witness the abuse and experience it first-hand. Instances of family violence increase by at least 10% during the holiday season.
The best defense is prevention. That’s why Family Services has convened experts in the field of family violence to develop the Family Violence Prevention initiative in Forsyth County. Together, they are working with ten organizations from the business, education, faith, and human services sectors to create a community plan of action to address and stop family violence.
In the meantime, providing a place of refuge is critical to helping women escape an abusive environment. Often, female victims must flee quickly with their children, taking nothing more than what they can carry in a grocery bag. Family Services’ staff and volunteers keep the crisis lines open 24/7 and maintain the Women’s Shelter, which provides food, clothing, confidential shelter, and victim assistance.
While no one can change the past, Family Services is grateful to work with volunteers and supporters to help people rebuild their lives.
There are several ways you can help make this holiday season a happier, more joyful time.
Volunteer. Help keep our crisis lines open 24-hours each day by becoming a crisis volunteer. Training is provided by Family Services staff. Call our main office, 336.722.8173, or complete our online volunteer interest form.
Donate. Your financial support helps maintain a welcoming refuge for victims and her young children and provides much needed assistance as she transitions to a future of independence and safety.
Collect Items. The 2016 Holiday Shelter Wish List outlines ideas for much needed items at the Shelter. Coordinate a collection drive among your family, office, team, or church group. Gifts should be NEW and UNWRAPPED and delivered to our Gateway office, 1200 S. Broad Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. 336.722.8173.
Your gifts and support will help women and children who have been devastated by family violence, experience a brighter holiday season and transition to a safer, more hopeful future with dignity and with items they will need for a fresh start.