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Michella F.

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LOOKING FOR MY SISTER
December 7, 2011

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Volunteering for this organization has given me personal gratification. I have had the opportunity to see how clients’ lives have changed through the funded grants that I have written for the organization. It puts a smile on my face and makes me feel proud to know that I helped make a difference in helping women and children improve their future.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide them with more funding to continue their work, ask for donations and help from the community and more volunteers to continue with the excellent work of this organization.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

How did you learn about this organization?

Through a volunteer site when I was looking for an orgaization to write for to help women/girls and children.

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I volunteer as a Board member and grant writer.