“You provided my children and I with a safe place to sleep during a time in our life when we had no where else to turn. Escaping abuse with three children in the midst of a pandemic, and while unemployed, nearly broke me. But the shelter that you gave me was so much more than a safe place to sleep. Caring staff never left our side, and the emotional support my children and I needed helped anchor us and empowered me to see a new life ahead despite all of the challenges.”
You are their light.
Dear Friends of 180,
Throughout this trying year, your belief in our mission has been a beacon of light. It has guided us through long days and difficult nights and enabled us to continue serving the survivors who depend on us. As we spend time reflecting this holiday season, our gratefulness for your generous support during these extraordinary times is stronger than ever.
Thanks to you, our dedicated team was able to perform more life-saving work than ever before at our emergency Safe House when stay-at-home orders left survivors exponentially more vulnerable to their abusers. As our Safe House overflowed with traumatized families rendered homeless due to domestic violence, your generous support made it possible for 180 to be a place of safety & comfort for nearly 200% more men, women, children, and pets than we did in 2019.
We are eternally grateful, as are our survivors and our heroic frontline staff, who we’d like to take a moment to acknowledge.
As the world seemingly began to shut down and brace for safety, our caring staff remained steadfast in their service to our families. While so many of us retreated home to work remotely, our courageous caregivers and counselors marched forward to the frontline. Our staff made personal sacrifices with the understanding that the critical services they provide often mark the difference between life and death for those we serve. Our work would be impossible without these remarkable individuals.
As uncertainty clouds the future amid the longest, darkest days of winter, the bright light cast by your encouragement and financial support, our teams’ passionate dedication, and the promise of a better tomorrow and safer year ahead for our survivors illuminate our path forward.
Thank you for making it possible for us to meet the challenges of our mission with compassion, grace, and skill.
Wishing you a healthy, safe, and happy holiday,
Anna Diaz White, Executive Director
Brian M. Nelson, Board President