I volunteer at Anna Marie's only a couple hours a week as a child mentor. I am currently working on my Masters of Divinity at a seminary close to Anna Marie's. I have found the atmosphere for the kids staying there to be open and safe and fun. It normalizes their days so they can move toward healing and empowerment. They have creative activities that challenge and nurture the kids, the staff I have worked with have been amazing. I feel heard by them and appreciated every time I am there. I have quite a bit of child psyche in my background and I find that the staff is psychologically savvy , which can allow for even more healing and health to be present in their work. Anna Marie's has been a true gift for me.
It is great to go visit the women after they leave the shelter and help them any way possible. This is a great thing for those women that still need a little bit of confidence once they leave the shelter. Just them having someone to talk to and have confidence says a lot. Tell your story here and help others understand this charity
My journey begins with a hope; a hope that all women who want to move forward in their life will have the opportunity to find and utilize tools that will assist them acheive their goals. Anna Marie's Alliance not only provides these opportunies to their clients, but they are constantly reinvesting in the volunteers as well. Volunteering is a funny thing in the more you give the more you get. Anna Marie's Alliance is an amazing organization that changes and saves lives. I am proud to be a small part of the change in women's lives.
Anna Marie's is a safe house for battered women and their children, but it is so much more. It is a place that gives these women time to come to grips with where their lives are going and how they are going to deal with it. The staff assists the clients with finding housing, getting supplies to set up housekeeping (many come with the clothes on their backs), looking for employment, and giving them support with group or one on one counciling right there at the facility. Many of the staff accompany the clients to get an order for protection & in some cases going to court for the abuse they have suffered at the hands of their spouse or significant other. Sometimes that abuser can be another family member and coping with that can be debilitating. They also offer after care (after they leave Anna Marie's) just for some guidance and help in getting signed up for programs that will help them to be independent. In all cases the staff is very caring, knowledgable, and helpful in getting these women started over in their life. It is a great place and a wonderful organization.l
My civic participation within this organization has become one of the high points in my life. From the first day, the staff welcomed me with open arms and empowered me to help make a difference in the lives of their consumers. I am always greeted with a smile- much like the consumers. I have learned different faucets og the organization and even interviewed for a position-but due to budget constraints wasn't able to make the move. These women are actuating, and being the change that they want to see in the world! I'm proud to be affiliated!
This charity is such an empowering one I can't put into words the sense of empowerment I feel every time I walk in their doors. They have so many knowledgeable and helpful people working and volunteering for them it is unreal. They gave me the opportunity to come in and perform massages for the clients which is not only needed by the clients but also by the staff. I am thankful for what I see them doing to better and prepare the women for life outside of an abusive and controlling atmosphere.
As a computer tutor, my experience with the women is limited to our time in the lab. I really enjoy working with the women, though I often feel I can't help them enough. This is not a function of the shelter, but of the amount of time and energy I am able to devote to it. Some day I hope to be able to do more, because I really like the organization, and the women who I have helped. Anna Marie's provides such a critical service in our community, and they do it with respect for all the families who stay there. Computer skills are not necessarily one of the highest priorities for women at the shelter, so often they are really in need of basic needs. But I think Anna Marie's does their best to provide more than just the basics – in hopes of helping the women transition to a better place when they leave.