It was AEDV's visit to the Western Nevada College nursing school in the Spring of 2009 when they spoke to our class regarding the program to educate us on domestic violence as future nurses. They passed brochures around the class and it was at that time I took one as it came around and hid it in my binder as they were circulating because I knew it was only a matter of time that I would need to inquire about my options. Seven months later I finally found my way to the shelter. Please continue to inform nursing students about what AEDV does because it was invaluable not only to myself personally but as a RN in my interactions with abused clients.
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As a former employee and volunteer, I feel compelled to share my knowledge of this organization. The shelter is beautiful. Every thought, every program is geared towards supporting the survivor during this part of the journey. The staff and the volunteers are some of the most dedicated people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Carson City and surrounding areas are blessed to have this organization as part of their community.
I cried when I opened the front door and saw all the Christmas gifts for myself and my kids. I never thought I would be in a shelter let alone at Christmas time but this has been the best Christmas my kids have ever had. The staff went out of their way to make sure we had a tree, more gifts than I have ever seen, and a wonderful dinner. Everyone has been so helpful and nice. The shelter is beautiful and clean. I don't think I could have left my abuser if the shelter hadn't been here to help
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I stayed at this shelter many years ago. at first I didn't like it. there were a lot of rules, i did not like shearing a house with strangers. many times I thought of walking out and I almost got kidded out ! i felt the shelter manager was a bear. but I stuck it out and it turned out to be the best choice I have ever made. After I quit fighting what the place was trying to get me to do, it was smooth sailing. But it took a while to get through my thick head that they did want what was best for my kids and I. It was not until I was ready to move out and I could see the new people coming and saw a gal with a bad attitude about the place that I truly appreciated all that thy had done for me. i still miss that ol bear coming in and checking on us each night. who would have thought i would miss something I hated so much at one time
When I was there we did not even have a bus. how nice of them to try to help out with the cost of bus passes. that could rack up some money if the shelter is full.
Thank You Advocates! my kids and I have a grate life ,because you did not give up on me.
Caring, professional people. I am very interested in ongoing services. I left an abusive relationship and quit my job i was passionate about.
I am starting over and know the effects the abuse had on me. Your program empowered me when i felt weak and vulnerable.
Thank you for your compassion.
~Client in emergency shelter program
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I wanted to express my appreciation for all the staff including management at this particular shelter. I'm not sure what one of the writer's is talking about because I never saw anything she is referring to. When I had to go into the shelter, I was treated with the utmost respect. I came to Advocates broken, and left with self-esteem and respect for myself that I'd lost so long ago while being in an abusive relationship. I taken and picked up for job interviews and eventually I was even given a car. I was given ample amount of food for 2 children and myself. I could go into the office and not only work on my resume, but given advice on how to present myself. I was given the golden key to go into the thrift store and get whatever necessary items I needed for myself and children, since we had to leave in a rush, we had no clothing with us. I was even encouraged to take on classes through the college, with the shelter taking care of the expenses. The shelter had a few rules to live by and to ask us to be in at a certain time certainly was not an inconvenience.
My life changed drastically with the legal and professional help I received. I am now a thriving mother of the most happy kids and I couldn't have been able to bless my children without the tremendous blessings of Advocates. I am working towards my social degree because I too want to give back to an amazing organization that did everything they could to put me back on the right path to my success and happiness.
Thank you Advocates.
I would like to share my story and the impact that Advocates has had on my life. 16 years ago I was a 23 year old, with three toddler children. I had been in unhealthy relationships my whole life, and had made several visits to Advocates in a three year period. I was receiving every type of government assistance out there, I had low self –esteem, living day to day just to survive, and only had one goal…..to be a good mother to my children. I just wasn’t sure how to achieve this goal when I was too shattered of a person to leave an abusive spouse. Advocates provided the counseling I needed to become self-sufficient, and build self-esteem. They provided parenting classes, food for my family until my assistance came in, clothing that actually fit, and a safe place for us to stay. Most importantly, the Director and her staff gave me the push I needed to meet my goals and be a strong single parent, and not just another statistic. The staff taught me that no one could change my situation but me. Although they were willing to provided the courses and support I needed, they wouldn’t do the work (of change) for me. Today my children are grown, we live a violent free life, and even with all the obstacles we faced from our injustices… I am a strong single parent and my children have thrived and became advocates for those less fortunate. I have received my AA and a BSW degree along with 2 Minor certificates. Our accomplishments would not have happened if it wasn’t for the Director and staff at Advocates. I now share my story to battered women, so they can hear and see that a violent free life is possible.
THANK YOU ADVOCATES FOR GIVING MY FAMILY THE OPPORTUNITY WE NEEDED TO BE SUCCESSFUL.
I would not recccomend this to anyone. When you speak with them on the phone they seem nice,helpful and understanding. During theintake process they tell you they will help you with transportation to welfare ,court, school, and job search. They also tell you that everything is confidntial and that they will help us out with essential items (laundry soap, shampoo ,feminine needs) . Iv been here for a month and seen much unhappy clients including myself . Ive been denied rides to jobsearch because they said that they dont have enough funds or staff and they dont want to "help us too much" some advocates! They only provide us with ONE 10 punch bus pass on entire stay(cost is 8 bucks) . Essential products are supposedly limited when they are donations from public and they revenue 900,000 . When my case worker from welfare called in concern with transportation the director revealed information about "confidential" things i spoke to with the AEDV case worker. Now how would the director know personal things i told my AEDV case worker? The staff gets together on mondays to discuss our buisness we were told was confidental. And it doesnt end there , they take pictures of our room secretly and when i expressed my feelings about this to the Director she said that "this is my house and i can do whatever i want " she also said she could "kick me out whenever she wanted, for no reason at all" .Overall staff is rude, not helpful and have no sympathy for thier clients. I feel belittled, bullied and like my privacy is invaded.
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