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STRAIGHT SPOUSE NETWORK INC
July 4, 2009

I found this organization back in July 2006 after finding out my husband was having a four year affair with the husband of my best friend. I was devastated and didn't know where to turn. I began google searching for any information I could find on the subject of women married to a gay man. I found this website and the support and and sense of community made me feel normal and that I had nothing to do with his actions. It has been over three years now and I am a volunteer working with other spouses in a large metropolitan area. In the beginning they look like deer in the headlights and over time they can even look back and laugh. They begin to re-frame their experience and find their new normal. It is a pleasure to work with such a fine organization.

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

the sense of community and un-biased support given and received by it's members.

Ways to make it better...

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

Find funding to get the word out to all those spouse out there who suffer in silence not knowing they have support in Straight Spouse Network. More marketing I guess.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The friendships I have made and the sense of peace I have when helping others who have been in this traumatic experience.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Kind, empathic, supportive, and non-biased. They focused on what was best for me, not what they thought I should do.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Advertise and get the work out to others who are in need of our services.

Ways to make it better...

I could maneuver the site better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Lack of visibility. There is so much support out there for GLBT who come out but nothing much for the spouses and families they leave in their wake.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Thank you Amity for your valiant efforts to share your experience by writing your book: "The Other Side of the Closet". You are our hero!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I give support and comfort to spouses who have recently discovered their spouse's SSA.