When I told Ryan and Megan that this holiday would be different, little did I know how resilient my little ones would be. I had such conflicting emotions about spending the holidays at 180’s Safe House. Ryan’s letter to Santa made me cry, yet I keep telling myself that leaving my abuser and the violence in our lives, was the best gift I could ever give to my children. In my heart I know that never again will I have to worry about our safety, hide in fear or cover my bruises; we will live in peace as every family should. The caring staff at the Safe House is helping me to start anew. With a restraining order now in place, we will stay at the Safe House through the holidays and into the first month of the new year. The kids and I have begun art therapy with 180 counselors and I have started to focus on seeking a new job and finding a permanent place to live. Together, we will figure out a new and wonderful way of life – free from abuse and full of hope. Safety, peace, courage and hope….these are our gifts this holiday season.
Dear Friends of 180,
For Ryan’s Mom and so many of our clients like her, escaping an abusive relationship has additional challenges during the holiday season when emotions tend to be heightened, and the imagery of a “perfect” family is in sharp contrast to a victims’ own reality. A parent’s worry of not being able to provide a good holiday for their children, is a feeling almost as torturous as the abusive relationship they are fleeing. Fearing for one’s safety means making a change that will last a life-time–even if it means leaving the abuser during the holiday season.
Every individual deserves a loving, safe home during the holidays and every day of the year. Thousands of victims of domestic violence turn to us each year for support through our hotlines, counseling, court assistance and more. In fact, we have never had an empty safe house during the Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or New Year’s seasons. This 2018 holiday is no different and 180 is blessed and thankful to have your support.
In the spirit of giving, and fulfilling wishes, we hope you will consider a financial gift to support 180 this holiday season. Your donation, no matter the size, will be used year-round to help empower survivors to have the strength and courage to turn their life around. Thank you for your consideration this winter.
With all of our best wishes to you and your family for a healthy and safe holiday, and a very happy new year,
180 Turning Lives Around, Inc.
Please considering supporting 180 this holiday season by donating through the link above. If you would like to discuss your gift, or provide a credit card over the phone, please contact Lynn Lucarelli, Director of Development at 732-264-4360 ext. 4230 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org