kybecca Empowers the Fredericksburg Community
As the only accredited domestic violence resource in the greater Fredericksburg area, Empowerhouse addresses the needs of those who suffer in silence by providing emergency shelter, housing, court advocacy services, counseling for both survivors and their children, employment supports, and assistance in getting back on the path to safety, dignity, respect and hope. The demand for the services of Empowerhouse have unfortunately been growing – with a 76% increase in the number of women and children housed since 2009.
Beginning March 13th, thanks to the generosity of Rebecca and Matt Thomas, kybecca will feature on its menu the Pretty in Pink Cocktail. kybecca wants to help raise awareness of this critical need in our community in a delicious way. Every time a Pretty in Pink cocktail is ordered, kybecca will donate $1 to Empowerhouse. With the help of our local community, we can continue to grow so that no one in need is ever turned away.
|Empowerhouse has been gifted
with a second transition house!
A note of thanks from our executive director, Kathy Anderson, to everyone who made the golf tournament successful, raising over $36,000 this year.
Each of you who were able to give in a big way, and decided to, through sponsoring the tournament, each of you who sponsored a team and came out to play, and each of you who participated on the organizing committee made a difference in the lives of women and children experiencing domestic violence in our community. I ran into our friend Jeff Moga while passing out Empowerhouse cards, purple ribbons, and candy at the Fredericksburg Commuter Train station one morning this month. When we told him that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, he said, ‘I didn’t know that. I didn’t hear that at the golf tournament.’ I said, ‘That is why we start the month of October with our golf tournament, to raise awareness.’
When I see the sea of golf carts at the beginning of the tournament each year – this year with 30% more golfers – I know you are contributing to raising awareness by inviting your friends to come out and show support. Thanks to your help, in the past year, Empowerhouse made progress with raising awareness in our healthcare community, the need to identify and screen for intimate partner violence with patients.
• 1 in 4 women suffer severe violence at the hands of an intimate partner. Detection and a conversation in the healthcare setting leads to patient awareness that abuse isn’t a way of life, that help is available, and to actions that promote a better and a healthier life.
Thanks to your help, we made progress among teenagers.
• 4,140 local teens heard the words ‘teen dating violence’ from Empowerhouse staff while educating in schools on the subject of healthy relationships and warning signs of abuse.
• 17-24 year olds are in the age group who are at the highest risk of suffering intimate partner violence.
Awareness helps women suffering abuse to come forward. Just last year:
• 1,307 calls were answered by the Empowerhouse 24-hour domestic violence hotline.
• We were able to shelter everyone in our area who reported being in imminent danger of further abuse seeking this help (141 women and 143 children), and
• We placed over 62 people in their own housing to help start a new life filled with dignity, respect, safety and hope.
All of the ways that Empowerhouse helps, and all of the ways that we raise awareness, inspiring hope for a better future are only accomplished because of your support. You said, ‘Yes, I want to help.’ And you did. Thank you!
See our Fifth Annual Golf Tournament pictures and sponsors.
Empowerhouse owns a new house thanks to the Sunshine Lady Foundation. As of April 25, 2013, due in large part to many generous donations, the new Empowerhouse Transition House is now open and serving families. Call and talk with Kathy if you are able to provide a financial contribution to help keep the house running or use our Donate button on the right margin.
Rappahannock Council on Domestic Violence has changed its name to Empowerhouse, Supporting Survivors of Domestic Violence. We are celebrating this effort to help survivors move beyond victimization to healing and empowerment.
The mission, to empower survivors of domestic violence and their children to believe in themselves and build new lives filled with dignity, respect, safety and hope; and vision: to create a diverse network of community members working together to promote safe relationships, homes and communities, remain the same. [from the May 15 2012 press release]
Empowerhouse Public Outreach Office, Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm
Located at 4700 Harrison Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22408 Phone 540-373-9372
Postal address P.O. Box 1007, Fredericksburg, VA 22402 Email: email@example.com
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Hotline 540-373-9373, toll free 1-877-734-7238