Survivors of Violent Loss Program
June 3, 2010
I became involved in SVLP in late 1997 after the brutal murder of my little brother. He was the only boy in a family of 5 girls. His death was devastating to us. We had never experienced such a loss and trying to figure out the justice system was like a wound that never healed. I was trying to remain strong for my mother and doing my best to maintain some sort of household for my husband and baby but every time I was alone I found myself just breaking down. When I would be alone in the car I would linger in my own thoughts. I would start to cry and just lose track of where I was supposed to go. I just couldn't function as I had before. Nothing seemed important to me. When SVLP reached out to us I jumped at the chance to speak with someone about what I was going through. Someone who completely understood and just didn't tell me that I would "get over it." After talking to them and going through the 10 week program I began to heal. I still haven't "gotten over it" but I have learned to cope with it and not let my emotions suffocate me. I continue to be part of SVLP through monthly groups, community events, and volunteer opportunities. I'm not always consistent in my involvement and they don't expect it from me but whenever I need them they are always there.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
late 1997 after the murder of my little brother.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
the feeling that I was important to them and they truly understand and knew how to help me.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
kind and considerate of my own feelings.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
reach out to the whole county and even provided services to other states by having satellite offices in various communities.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every month
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Client Served & I have received group and one-on-one therepy and have continued to feel supported by the program via the different events that they offer to the community.