Many people look forward to the holidays. the food, the company, the décor, the smells, and the precious memories that most remember so fondly.
There is another side to that coin, however, the holidays can bring up trauma in many ways, especially for domestic abuse survivors. For some, there are specific holidays and memories that have been tainted by acts of domestic violence, or if they have left their abuser and must start over, this can be a very lonely time.
Besides the trauma, it can also be a huge stressor on our survivors. A form of domestic violence is financial abuse, and many of our survivors flee to Women In Distress with nothing more than the clothes off their back, often times cut off from financial access. They are starting over, not with a clean, fresh start, but dealing with the tentacles of domestic violence and getting back on their feet financially. The stress brought on during the holidays can even add pressure to provide a “normal” family holiday meal to the children in shelter.
This year for our 2022 Thanksgiving drive our community pulled together with so much enthusiasm we were able to feed our survivors and serve over 100 families. With the bounty and generosity of the community, we are still handing out food to participants and making a really big difference in many lives.
Thanks to our amazing community partners like UKG, JM Family Enterprises, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, The Geneva Group, Polen Capital, Chase, and Isle of Capri who encouraged their employees to give back. The volunteers helped set up, organize, and pack Thanksgiving dinners with love and care! This would not have been possible without the incredible donations we received from many amazing organizations and faith groups!