As a survivor of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, I vividly remember the first time I stayed in a shelter. I was scared. As someone that perceives themself as a strong woman, I never thought I would be in such a vulnerable position. Shortly after I arrived, I called DOVE extremely upset, but thanks to their professional staff, that quickly de-escalated because their emergency line made it easy for me to connect with a community member who understood how it felt to be a Deaf person in a hearing setting and was able to support me in ways I needed to make that stay a little easier.
Deaf Overcoming Violence through Empowerment (DOVE) is a powerful tool for survivors who face violence within their lifetime. And as a survivor, or a community member with family or friends that are survivors, you and I both know the endless possibilities for us and our loved ones when we have a community-based organization standing with us.
With your generous support and gift today, you will make it possible for us to expand services, continue to provide ongoing support for survivors, and to strengthen our BIPOC services with top-tier staff who work hard to provide a safe space for people of all walks of life.
If we can meet our goal of $20,000 by the end of October 2021, it will mark a meaningful and celebratory end to National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and allow DOVE to provide expanded relocation funding to support survivors, upgrade ADA kits that we have created for other shelters, purchase new work computers for the office, and additional much needed funds for 2021.
Knowing your support made these things possible, our staff can focus on doing what they do best: supporting our survivors! Please consider donating today.
Thank you for everything you do to bring awareness to our work,
Mary Pat Luetke-Stahlman
Deaf Overcoming Violence through Empowerment (DOVE)