I have volunteered at WEAVE for almost 3 months and everyday I come here I fall in love with the organization more and more. Not only is the cause they work for something beautiful and worthy of anyone's time and effort but the people that work here make it even better. I have enjoyed the time I have shared with everybody here because they are all very friendly and always willing to share their knowledge. I have been able to meet a lot of people that have benefited from WEAVE's services and all of them have something good to say. I really love this organization and I hope it continues to grow and touch the lives of many more.
WEAVE does incredible work! They give free psychological counseling and legal services to domestic violence survivors, regardless of how much their clients earn. They help so many individuals regain their self-esteem, sense of self, safety and well being - it is inspirational!
I have volunteered with WEAVE for almost 3 months now and I really like the organization. Everyone in the office is friendly, warm and focused on their jobs. I have never been a part of an organization that is so passionate about their work as the staff of WEAVE. They strive to make a difference everyday, and they do.
In May 2010 I started as a volunteer at WEAVE. I have come to know the people who work there as a group op people who are passionate about what they are doing: helping women to get their lives back on track. As far as I can see all the people are very dedicated to their work at WEAVE.
I write as the founder and former Executive Director of WEAVE and a current board member. I started WEAVE when I was in my third year of law school with three fellow students because of the enormous need we saw for victims of domestic violence who were struggling to heal from the violence, secure safety for themselves and their children, and address legal issues, housing needs, and economic stability. It was an honor to work with survivors and assist them along their journey of recovery and empowerment. The staff at WEAVE was, and continues to be, a group of extremely committed and passionate supporters of all survivors who work extremely hard to find creative and powerful ways to assist the folks who come to WEAVE to help.
I had grown in a cycle of violence but I did not know it until my last relationship. That's where I found WEAVE. When I went there I was unsure about surviving domestic violence because he had never hit me. I realized after meeting with my therapist that I had experienced other kinds of abuse. If it was not for WEAVE, I would still be in the cycle of violence, through counseling I was able to realize I was worthy enough to have violence in my life-period. I am grateful for WEAVE, I learned a lot about myself and healed many wounds from my childhood to my present wounds. Thanks WEAVE!
I never thought I would be in an abusive relationship. I am a successful media professional with a loving family and wonderful group of friends. I always thought domestic violence happened to 'other' people - not me. I even produced TV programs on violence against women around the globe. So when I found myself in the middle of it, I had no idea how I got there much less how to handle it. My family and friends didn't know what to do or how to help me. As I began to pull further and further away from everyone I loved, I fell deeper and deeper into an increasingly destructive cycle of abuse. I was truly alone and, worst of all, reliant on my abuser. It took a long time for me to leave but when I did, WEAVE was there to help me pick up the pieces of my life. I pressed charges, faced my abuser in court and thankfully the justice system put him behind bars for one year. But once that phase was completed, I was still alone - isolated and feeling that my friends and family could not understand me or what I had been through. I was a shell of my former self. The light inside me had disappeared. It was the therapists at WEAVE and the brave, wonderful women who made up WEAVE's Healing Hearts group who helped me see a brighter future. Slowly at first, and then more easily as time passed, I was able to open up and share myself. I learned that I was not alone, that my feelings were not abnormal. I gained strength from the women in Healing Hearts and soon the light returned to my life. Today I am the happiest I have ever been and I have WEAVE to thank for putting me on that path. They guided me through the most challenging time of my life and I am eternally grateful.
Over the years, I have worked with WEAVE in many capacities. I have volunteered to assist victims in with seeking and securing CPOs. I also worked with WEAVE when writing a paper on teen dating violence. Currently, I serve on the Board of Directors.
WEAVE saved my life. I was feeling awful about the domestic violence I suffered and it heped tremendously to share and listen to others going through the same things. The educational aspect was also very helpful. The staff was great, knowedgable, compassionate, and thorough. I also secured my divorce with WEAVE's legal help. Regarding the question below about frequency, my response is reflective of when I was receiving services.
I've loved volunteering with WEAVE. The staff is wholly committed to adapting their services to meet the community's need, and are willing to take on complex, difficult, time-consuming cases. They serve a diverse client base with a wide range of needs. And they make it easy to volunteer.