Everyone has a dream. For many of us our dream is simply to have a safe place to call home, to be loved and to be safe.
I am nominating Dream Bigger because I too was one of these statistics. And I know these aren't just numbers, but each number here has a face, a heart and a dream. Each person has the desire for a hope and a future, but many of us have no idea where to start. Because of the help my family received during our struggle to be free of Domestic Violence, I am no longer a product of Child Abuse, but I am now a healthy, flourishing woman with a bright future.
According to the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney: There are 1,500 shelters for battered women in the United States. There are 3,800 animal shelters. (Schneider, 1990).
Three to four million women in the United States are beaten in their homes each year by their husbands, ex-husbands, or male lovers. ("Women and Violence," Hearings before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, August 29 and December 11, 1990, Senate Hearing 101-939, pt. 1, p. 12.)
One woman is beaten by her husband or partner every 15 seconds in the United States. (Uniform Crime Reports, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1991).
It doesn't have to be this way. The good news is that there are organizations like Dream Bigger that are stepping up to fill this need.
Specifically Dream Bigger does this by being committed to preventing violence against women & children through advocacy, financial, educational & career coaching, connection to current community services through resourcing & networking, the creation & development of new innovative services and some very serious community awareness!
One of the practical ways they do this is with their Safe Home Project. This project helps women who are about to face foreclosure fill the financial gap so that they may remain in their homes. This is essential as 75% of our homeless are women and children escaping domestic violence.
Everyone has a dream in their heart and Dream Bigger exists to see those dreams come to fruition.
"Dream Bigger helped me find resources in my community that I didn't know existed, helped me see I wasn't alone, provided a support network that developed into lifetime friendships & paid for me to attend advocacy trainings so I can be a support to other women myself. My future is filled with much more hope now". -A Thankful Mom With Young Kids. www.DreamBigger.info
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