Today’s post title comes from the Facebook page header of a wonderful Michigan grassroots non-profit organization called HandBags of Hope and is in honor of its service to the community.
Two terrific Detroit born and raised gals founded it in 2006 and have been rocking their path ever since. They earned 501 (c) (3) status in May 2010, and continue to operate it solely by themselves with the help of volunteers and some corporate and community support.
They are Jackie Bobcean and my sister, Lisa Kaufmann. We are all now survivor-thrivers, along with so many more. Unfortunately, there are still so many more in need of help and understanding. Many too afraid and with little means to leave their physical, emotional, and verbally abusive situations.
The rut those living with domestic violence are in is familiar, which is part of the reason it’s so difficult to leave. And change is scary in the best of circumstances. For those trapped in domestic violence, the prospect of change often remains a far distant hope.
Did you know October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month?
It’s no wonder, pink is everywhere and there’s no question that breast cancer research and awareness is a worthy cause.
Purple is just as deserving and in need of your support and sharing the awareness.
It’s disheartening that so little attention is given to it by the major networks and talk shows. Caught “The View” on television today and not a word about it. But, yes, pink was in evidence and the breast cancer cause given attention.
Did you know one in four are directly affected by domestic violence?
I ask you all to help share awareness that October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Wear lots of purple (maybe in addition to pink 🙂 ). Look for ways to help support shelters in your local areas. Be aware of what’s happening around you to the people you know and love. Be willing to ask a tough, sensitive question or two. Be supportive. Be non-judgmental. Share the availability of resources so you know they know how to reach out for help.
I’m so proud of what Jackie and Lisa have accomplished with HandBags of Hope. So honored to be an active supporter. So thrilled that they and HandBags of Hope is recognized for the wonderful and important service they provide to their local community, as well as many places throughout Michigan and now reaching out into the Midwest.
It’s my privilege to feature them here today, especially considering it’s October 1st. Join me in helping to keep purple in your hearts and purple ribbons on display throughout the year.
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence is just one terrific resource for more information about this important issue: Click for more information