Women In Distress http://www.womenindistress.org Broward County, Inc Fri, 20 Nov 2015 17:17:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Make the Holidays Brighter http://www.womenindistress.org/make-the-holidays-brighter/ http://www.womenindistress.org/make-the-holidays-brighter/#comments Fri, 30 Oct 2015 20:49:50 +0000 http://www.womenindistress.org/?p=1508 Read More ]]> The holidays are always the most special time of year, especially for young children. It’s a time to celebrate family, enjoy the comforts of home, and get lots of presents if you’ve been good.

This past holiday, I was having a hard time trying to convey these ideals to my two and four year old.  After all, I had just moved them from the only home they’ve ever known, filled with toys and all their precious things, to Women In Distress’ emergency shelter.  And while were finally safe from my abuser, it was a difficult time for my children.

I had to explain to my children that the holidays for our family had changed that year because mommy needed to be treated more nicely and that we needed to find a safe place away from the yelling and fighting. That year, their whole little worlds had changed, but thanks to Women In Distress and the wonderful people that donated gifts, the joys of the holidays remained the same.  Because of the donations received, I was able to pick out toys for my kids.  Being able to give them a happy holiday was such a blessing.  I literally cried with joy at the generosity of the community around me. My children would know that the things they left behind were gone, but new things would come.

Through the donations given to Women in Distress my children got a Radio Flyer cart that they loved. My daughter got a Barbie and a Lalaloopsie doll (the doll that was in every other commercial leading up to the holidays) and my son got a soccer ball and a puzzle. I got some new books to add to their bedtime reading.

To say that the donors of these gifts made our holiday is an understatement. I literally could give my children nothing that year, but they did. I got to see my children happy and laughing and loving life and this is the best present I could have ever gotten.   Thank you to all of the people who helped make that possible.

This holiday season, I am now one of the donors giving back to Women In Distress.  I know the joy it will bring to so many families.  I hope you will join my family in helping to bring holiday cheer to the families at Women In Distress this year.

To find out how, click here.

*Participant name has been changed to protect confidentiality


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Support WID’s Man of Style http://www.womenindistress.org/support-wids-man-of-style/ http://www.womenindistress.org/support-wids-man-of-style/#comments Fri, 30 Oct 2015 13:35:03 +0000 http://www.womenindistress.org/?p=1497 Read More ]]> MOS_WIDBlog_Image


Help support WID’s Man of Style

Michael Farver

Michael’s greatest passion is the fight to insure that no child should go to bed hungry, not knowing if the new day will bring them hope, or hopelessness. His strong voice has led the fight to end childhood hunger in the state of Florida. As the Immediate Past President of the Board of Directors of Florida Impact, the states leading legislative public policy and hunger advocacy organization, he has for the past six years directed their efforts as the statewide convener and coordinator of over 150 public, private, and faith-based organizations who are members of the Florida Partnership to End Childhood Hunger initiative. He is also President of End Childhood Hunger, a South Florida nonprofit that utilizes social media and technology to advocate for childhood hunger and nutrition education, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the South Florida Hunger Coalition, working to eradicate hunger in South Florida.

As a Director and Trustee of the Farver Foundation, Michael has, working with his wife Susan and his fellow Trustees, provided grants and support totaling nearly Seven-Hundred-Fifty-Thousand dollars ($750,000) over the past 15 years to dozens of South Florida nonprofit organizations, including the South Florida Hunger Coalition, Love thy Neighbor, Women in Distress, Kids in Distress, Feeding South Florida, Covenant House, Florence Fuller Child Development Center, Hands on Broward, FLIPANY, the Broward Partnership for the Homeless, ArtServe, Lifenet4Families, former the Cooperative Feeding Program, The Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, Funding Arts Broward, Beat for Life, HANDY, the Pace Center for Girls, Junior Achievement and the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition.

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Lenore’s Story http://www.womenindistress.org/lenores-story/ http://www.womenindistress.org/lenores-story/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 13:41:46 +0000 http://www.womenindistress.org/?p=1408 Read More ]]> Back in my very early twenties, I was date-raped in my own apartment, and after that I became terrified to date anyone new. That was until I befriended a young man on campus who seemed horrified by my story, and told me that if I would do him the honor of becoming his girlfriend, that he would make sure that nobody would ever hurt me that way ever again. He really seemed to care, and it touched my heart in a way I had never experienced before. So I finally let my guard down and started to date him. He moved in rather quickly. He said he wanted to protect me and keep me safe. I thought it was too soon, but I wanted to be protected and safe. So rather than learn how to accomplish that on my own, I allowed him to move in with me so he could do it for me. It was romantic and wonderful… that is, until the abuse began.

I was convinced that these out-of-the-blue moments of abuse were not the real him. I kept thinking back to how much he wanted to protect me… how much he seemed to care. And I convinced myself that that was the real man, and the abusive one was just an imposter filled with pain. And that if I could love him enough, and stick by him while he went through that pain, I could emotionally heal him, and save him the way he had wanted to save me. So whenever an abusive event occurred, I chose to love him through it. And when he cried in my arms and apologized each time afterwards, I comforted HIM, as I cradled him in my arms that were now covered in bruises. And he told me that this was just bringing us closer together, and making our love even stronger. And at that time, it felt true.

The trouble was; I was so busy loving HIM through it all, that I forgot to love MYSELF. The abuse got worse and worse, and I began to realize over 8 years of time that this wasn’t going to get any better. I mean, if my love was supposed to heal him, why was he only getting worse and worse? How bad was the abuse going to be after 10, 15 or 20 years? Would I even still be alive? This stunning realization and the sudden fear of dying made me realize that I needed to get out. I felt like I was betraying him, but I was so tired of betraying MYSELF.

I finally found my way to Women in Distress. There, I was swiftly but gently thrown into classes that taught me about abuse and abusers, and the cycle that desperately needed to be broken. My self-esteem increased, I learned how to rely on myself, I learned how to not be afraid to be alone, and how to get through the pangs of guilt for “abandoning” my abuser. I truly became a new person. I barely recognize “the old me” anymore! At Women in Distress, I was able to learn how to make new friends, get a new job, pay for my own apartment in a new city, take up new hobbies and pursue old abandoned ones, and how to reclaim my life in every way possible. It is amazing to me how much one can accomplish when one no longer has to waste all of their time and energy on coping with abuse. Now I can use that time and energy living my life to the fullest. And boy does it feel good!


Please click here to visit our Domestic Violence Awareness Month calendar of events.

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HAL HERMAN CHILDREN’S FUND http://www.womenindistress.org/hal-herman-childrens-fund/ http://www.womenindistress.org/hal-herman-childrens-fund/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 20:55:57 +0000 https://6pby-6z5d.accessdomain.com/?p=475 Read More ]]>

Hal Herman Children’s Fund

In 2008 the Hal Herman Children’s Fund was established by Lois Herman as a celebration of her husband’s 80th birthday.  The Herman’s have always believed in the importance of helping others and have supported Women In Distress for many years.  “We believe in WID’s mission to end domestic abuse for everyone through intervention, education and advocacy.  Through our commitment, we have learned firsthand just how important it is to help keep families safe, stated Hal.”

Even when children don’t see domestic abuse, they usually know its happening. It can affect them deeply.  More than 50% of women experiencing domestic abuse live in households with children under 12. These children are more likely to exhibit behavioral issues and physical health problems, including depression, anxiety, and violence toward peers.

Through the Hal Herman Children’s Fund (HHCF) and the generosity of donors, the smallest survivors of domestic violence can receive the support they need — supervised care while their parent is in counseling, and help from specialized therapists that use play therapy, art therapy and more to help these children break the cycle of domestic violence.  To learn more about the Hal Herman Children’s Fund and the HHCF Celebration Wall, click here. 


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WOMEN IN DISTRESS CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT http://www.womenindistress.org/2nd-annual-charity-golf-tournament/ http://www.womenindistress.org/2nd-annual-charity-golf-tournament/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 20:54:56 +0000 https://6pby-6z5d.accessdomain.com/?p=473 Read More ]]> JOIN US ON THE LINKS!

Thank you for your interest in supporting the Second Annual Women In Distress Charity Golf Tournament at Coral Ridge Country Club in Fort Lauderdale, FL on Monday, November 9, 2015.  Chaired by Phyllis Thomas (WID Board Chair) and David Sobocinski, we are excited to create an event that is as much fun as it is impactful.

With the anticipation of another sold out event, this tournament provides a wonderful opportunity for you to show your support of a great cause while getting your brand/name/logo in front of business and community leaders from throughout South Florida.

By supporting the Women In Distress Charity Golf Tournament, you will help fund critical, life-saving programs and services such as emergency shelter, crisis intervention, a 24-hour Crisis Hotline, children’s counseling and more; all of which are provided by Women In Distress free-of-charge to families in need. Last year alone, Women In Distress provided over 37,800 safe shelter nights to families escaping domestic abuse situations and answered over 12,000 calls to our 24-hour Crisis Hotline.

Women In Distress is the only nationally accredited, state-certified, full service domestic violence center serving Broward County. We are not only serving those in need, but also taking a proactive approach to eliminate violence in our community.  Last year, over 55,000 youth and adults were educated about violence prevention and the dynamics of domestic violence.

Yet, we can’t do it alone; please join us and support our mission of ending domestic violence abuse for everyone.  We hope you will consider becoming a sponsor of the Women In Distress Charity Golf Tournament.  Together we can end domestic violence and support the courageous women, children and men who have taken that brave first step toward a violence-free future.

Click here to view our Sponsorship Packet.

For more information, please contact Pamela Baynes, Director of Development at (954) 760-9800 ext. 1236 or pbaynes@womenindistress.org.

EIN Tax ID: 59-1592524


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