This agency has provided me an opportunity to pay it forward. Helping provide housing and lifeskills to victims of domestic abuse is so needed in this community. I have seen first hand the women who have excelled from being in the program. This program provides help to women who have no where to go and it's the oy program who have survivors of domestic violence working directly with victims. I give this agency the highest rating and enjoy volunteering here
It is devastating to read in the paper about the young woman who was beaten by her boyfriend or watch the news and hear about the married woman with two children who was killed by her husband. Who are these victims?--Statistics of domestic violence. Domestic violence is typically hidden, kept as a shameful dark secret, forcing victims to suffer in silence. It is one of the leading causes of homelessness for women and children. Looking For My Sister (LFMS) is an organization that empowers women and children of domestic violence by providing housing and support services to help survivors transform their lives. They are client focused on addressing the safety of the client and their programs are designed to teach clients how to take hold of their futures and become self sufficient.
I knew instantly after going through the volunteer orientation that LFMS was the place for me. It was reinforced even more after meeting the Executive Director and listening to her personal experience of “hell” that I knew I wanted to help make a difference. As a volunteer who has been with the organization for 8 years, I continue to be impressed with the work and success of this organization. I serve as a Board member and grant writer and I am proud to have the opportunity to work with an organization that works to rebuild, reclaim and save the lives of victims threatened by domestic violence and help them become survivors. What distinguishes LFMS from other domestic violence shelters is that they are the only remaining transitional housing program for victims in the City of Detroit once they leave the one domestic violence emergency shelter.
LFMS is powered by a passionate and professional board, dedicated staff and volunteers committed to making a difference in their community through advocacy and education. Volunteering at LFMS has given me a better insight on domestic violence. I have learned more about domestic violence through the eyes of a survivor that has truly made a rewarding impact on my life. Through my writing and volunteering, I help bring voices to women and families who have been suffering in silence. It is a rewarding experience volunteering with an organization that is a beacon of light, dedicated to making a difference in helping women find their way out of the darkness and attain self sufficiency. LFMS is an organization that has grown to new heights and continues to look toward the future—they deserve the highest praise for what they do and how they do it.