Violence is a community issue that arises in all communities, big and small. As you may already be aware of, COVID-19 has increased more than just stress and financial worry: it also increased incidents of domestic violence and other crimes. While statistically advocate programs nationwide are aware of this increase, many victims have been unable to safely reach out for help and are just now starting to gain access to available services. While Sarah’s Friends has continued to be available throughout COVID-19 shutdowns, it is impossible to know the magnitude of what’s to come in the next year as we begin to hear from those who have been harmed throughout this pandemic.
In respect of current social distancing guidelines, our annual fundraisers including our 13th annual Holiday Soiree have been cancelled leaving needed community financial support unknown. We need everyone’s help and support to end violence and assist those currently being victimized in our own county.
We ask that, if able, you partner with us this year by considering a sponsorship. Currently, Sarah’s Friends works with an active caseload of 100 families. In the effort to ensure there is enough funding to continue to support the organization’s programs, we are utilizing this Sponsor-A-Family campaign and hope to raise funding to sponsor at least a quarter of our families.
Thank you in advance for your support and partnership of our mission. Together we can make a difference in the lives of those in our own community!
Here are some examples of how your gift can help the families we serve:
$720 (Full Year)
can provide the rental deposit and first month's rent allowing a family to start a new life
can provide one family with security cameras for their home along with lock replacements
can provide funding for one-month of transitional housing utilities
can provide one family with an emergency phone card or replacement phone
Susan was stuck in an abusive marriage she felt hopeless in. For over a decade, the verbal putdowns, manipulative and controlling behavior, and physical assaults had her feeling there was no way out. With limited individual income and constant financial control, Susan felt trapped. After being referred to Sarah’s Friends by a friend, Susan received assistance completing a danger assessment, creating a safety plan, and discussing her options and individual goals. Through advocacy and referrals, she received emotional guidance and support from staff and obtained legal assistance for a divorce through Legal Aid. She received assistance locating and obtaining safe, independent housing through the help of the rapid rehousing assistance program which provided the funding for her deposit and first month’s rent. Assisting her immediate needs, she also received a gas voucher and food voucher through the emergency financial assistance program. Susan also attended and participated in the monthly women’s support group during her transition and adjustment period.
After moving on from the Sarah’s Friends programs, Susan mailed a thank you card that stated, “Without your services and staff I would still be living in my nightmare. I cannot thank you enough. I pray that your organization continues to be richly blessed and for every person to find the courage to get out! I have my life back thanks to you!”