This past spring, we were delighted to collaborate with so many enthusiastic partners this spring in planning and hosting engagement opportunities. One highlight was Capital One’s Virtual Lunch & Learn, which featured moving stories and concrete ways to stand with survivors, led by a truly amazing survivor from our Speakers’ Bureau and a national field expert from our staff leadership.
A common theme of other engagement opportunities this spring was the celebration of the resilient mothers at our domestic violence shelters. Our friends at Ernst & Young gave thoughtful gift cards, Morgan Stanley sent sweet homemade cards and gifts, Viacom/CBS made wonderful care packages full of essentials and treats, and Select Equity packed helpful wellness and healing kits. We couldn’t be more thankful to all of you for keeping survivors in mind during Mother’s Day season. The recipients of your generosity are brave and amazing mothers and parental figures that come through our doors, like our client, Jocelyn*.
Jocelyn had been enduring abuse from her husband for over two decades, and her daughter had often witnessed the violence. When she left, Jocelyn and her daughter had been street homeless and eventually found respite at a city shelter. Then she was connected to Eugenia, a supervising social worker at Orchid House whose passion for helping survivors has been ongoing for over a decade. With Eugenia’s support and a stable place for Jocelyn and her daughter to stay, Jocelyn found a part-time job and is now on the lookout for her new home.
* Client names and identifying information have been changed for privacy concerns. The image used is stock imagery