It’s been a very busy year and while the need is great, so are the successes of our families. It’s because of you that they are possible . . .
Two months ago Maria* made a phone call which would change the course of her life. After nearly five years of domestic abuse, she reached out for help and called Women In Distress in the middle of the night. An advocate was there to answer the call. With nothing but the clothing on their backs, she and her two children fled from their abusive home, and entered our emergency shelter. Thanks to the support of donors like you, Maria and her family are safe.
Maria is grateful that Women In Distress was there when she had nowhere else to turn. During her time at in our emergency shelter, Maria and her children received counseling and supportive services. Through agency resources, Maria was able to find employment and save enough money for a deposit on an apartment. Marie moved on from Women In Distress a more confident, strong, and capable woman.
I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your support of the families, like Maria and her children, who we serve here at Women In Distress. Expansion of our 24-hour Crisis Hotline that Maria called was among our most important accomplishments this past year. Our center receives the highest numbers of calls of any of the 42 domestic violence centers in Florida. By increasing our hotline staff, these highly trained advocates have been able to provide support to over 2,000 callers per month and help families like Maria’s.
The demand for domestic violence services continues to grow. With your help, we have been able to provide survivors and their children with safe shelter and basic needs, critical services such as counseling and therapy, and referral assistance to help find housing, daycare and job placement. As always, all of our programs and services are provided free of charge to the women, men and children who we serve.
Your gifts are from the heart. On behalf of all the families who seek our services at Women In Distress, thank you for your commitment to keeping them safe. Thank you for changing lives.
President and CEO
*Name changed to protect confidentiality