An Unlikely Friendship
Last Friday, our Client Services Coordinator, Ana Davis and our Family Services Coordinator, Meg Standerfer, met a couple of wonderful ladies who came to us from the Salvation Army. The two met, and even though they spoke different languages, formed an immediate friendship.
Not only does Infant Crisis Services help babies and toddlers in need, we also help connect their families to additional resources, so they are better equipped to get out their crisis. Every time we see new clients Meg meets with them about to discuss other services they may need. During the short survey inquiring about additional resources, one of the women wrote the words “domestic violence." Meg gave her as much information as possible on the topic, and directed her to other organizations in Oklahoma that would be able to help her get back on her feet. In talking with the woman and her friend who accompanied her, we quickly realized, despite their differences, the two had similar pasts. Both had escaped domestic abuse. Both were staying at the Salvation Army to seek a safer life for themselves and their children. Both found a friend in the midst of a very dark situation. Naomi and Karla were brave enough to leave their situations and brave enough to share their stories.
These woman aren't alone. Around the world, one in three women is a victim of abuse. If you are being abused by a family member there is help.
Posted on Fri, May 10, 2013
by Melissa Smuzynski filed under