YOUR ROLE IN OUR IMPACT
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, in 2015 Dawn was able to provide:
5,038 women and children with emergency shelter and ongoing support services
10,510 shelter nights to 172 individuals or 76 families
363 hotel voucher nights to 103 individuals or 56 families
1,108 hours of support groups to 163 teens to identify abusive situations and strategies to avoid them
5,444 calls from 24 hour Advocacy & Crisis Line; 97 from children
197 women with weekly support groups offered in both English and Spanish
Julio felt alienated by a system that didn’t relate to his life as a poor Latino youth who’s primary interest was making music. He was going through a breakup with his girlfriend and struggling with how to cope. He lived in a domestic violence shelter growing up to escape his abusive father and he did not want to repeat that pattern. Through the Healthy Youth Relationships group meetings, Julio learned how to let go of his girlfriend in a healthy way and focus more on what he wanted from all of his relationships.
“Thank you for all the help and advice you gave me this year. It means so much to me. You taught me a lot and so have others in the group. I’m just grateful I decided to open up to someone I felt comfortable with this year. I hope everything goes good and I wish the best for you.”
Eliza got married at a very early age and almost immediately, she was not living the life she’d imagined. She soon had children and found it difficult to cope. A friend provided Eliza with Dawn’s contact information. She talked with an advocate who provided her with information about domestic violence and available services. Together they created a safety plan and how to draw better boundaries for herself.
Becky worried terribly that her three-year-old son did more than resemble his father’s good looks. What if he somehow inherited dad’s rage, too? Just two months later, after she and her son received support services, Becky watched her normally aggressive four year old son run toward another child — only this time, he offered the ball to the other child and invited her to play. Now she knew for sure that violence is learned, not inherited. With Dawn’s help, Becky has the chance to teach her son new ways to manage life.