When Terry Moore the founder of Beacon of Hope approaced me to help with the first purse auction I wanted to do what I could because I understood how important a shelter or a center that could help women in domestic abuse situation was very needed on the west side. I have seen the determination of the staff and volunteers to make this center a place of haven for women, children and their pets. Whenever I can I want to be able to give my time and dollars to such a hardworking and dedicated group of people who put saving lives of women and children who are in danger.
Beacon of Hope started out as just a prayer for help for women on the west side of Indpls. Through hard work and an enormous amount of support Beacon is now up and running. In working on these 2 fundraisers I saw first hand how willing people are to lend their talents and resources to help women in terrible situations. I talked with women from all walks of life who were survivors of domestic violence. Our fund raisers raised funds that helped us to realize the dream of opening the doors to a resource center on the west side that is helping women, children and teens have safer and better lives.
I have been involved in garage sale fundraising events for beacon of hope as well as the purse auctions. I find this organization to be a beneficial resource for the westside of Indianapolis. The volunteers are friendly, determined, and driven to make this shelter a reality.
I met the director, Terry Moore about a year and a half ago. I was driven by her passion to some day soon open a womens shelter on the westside of Indianapolis. Unfortunately the need is great for this service. The volunteers are friendly and driven by strong values to help others. I want to be part of this project from the "ground up". Helping domestic violence victims start over with emotional, financial and training affects all of us. I have been thrilled to see the westside community come together with donations to help this shelter become a reality soon!
I have been volunteering with this organization from day one and I love working for Beacon of Hope. The Executive Director is a great person and full of passion for the women. She guides and trains the volunteers to the best of her ability. It has been amazing to watch this organization grow in least then a year the way it has. Already, we have assisted in helping over 210 women, children, and family pets.
I have been able to watch this organization grow from the thoughts of a few women to the wonderful blessing it is today of a crisis call and resource center serving women daily in Indianapolis. It has been amazing to watch the hearts of those involved go far beyond what is needed and help the hurting women and families of this community. This organization has filled a huge void where it was desperately needed. Each time I hear the statistics of the women that are assisted each month at the center I am amazed and my heart is moved. Beacon of Hope is God's answer to the prayer of many women in Indianapolis and I cant wait to see it become a 24-hour shelter for women, children and pets.
I have had the joy of watching Beacon of Hope go from a dream to a reality (all in a very short time). From the beginning I have been in awe of Terry, the executive director. She has a passion for the cause and the victims that is contagious! Her faith is unshakable and she has such vision! With her leadership and countless wonderful volunteers BOH has done an amazing job of creating a crisis-call center, raising money and serving victims on the westside of Indianapolis! Their facility is top-noth, welcoming and safe. The volunteers are welcoming and so loyal and committed to helping victims. I have been so blessed to be involved with this organization, witnessing what can happen when people work hard towards a commone goal!
I joined a small group at my church recently as they were looking for an outreach opportunity. They had decided on another nonprofit group, but I saw a write-up on BOH in the paper and was immediately interested. I was looking online to read about this other group and up came Beacon of Hope - God was trying to get my attention! After meeting with Terry and hearing her story and hearing about the miraculous way BOH went from a dream to a reality, I knew this was where God wanted us to be. Several of us attended the dinner and auction and will go to the "pampering night" to meet clients and other volunteers. I'm planning to be trained in the next group of phone counselors, and our group will look for continuing opportunies to serve. The enthusiasm and compassion shown by Terry and some of the other staff is contagious!
The women of our church became familiar with Beacon of Hope through one of our elders and one of our women's ministry team members. They both presented an invitation to Beacon of Hope's 2nd Purse Auction. Neither knew the other was doing so. But God did and He has used Beacon of Hope to draw us into awareness of this huge need for a women's center/shelter on Indy's west side. Ever since meeting the Exec Director and hearing her personal testimony and the reports of west side women's needs and needs meet, we couldn't help but try and come alongside to help wherever we could. The Beacon of Hope staff and board have the Lord's sorrow over this epidemic called domestic violence and they live out, with all their marrow, the desire He has put on their hearts to reach out and offer a way out and healing for women and children caught in this cycle. They are having much success, and the calls come in daily for assistance. They are starting up a foster pet program to give these women they help yet another way to get out of their situation who will not leave if children or pets could be harmed. Children and women are situated at a local shelter however their pets have had no where to go until now. Beacon of Hope will have coordinators of a foster pet program to place victim's animals at temporary homes to be cared for while the women/children start the healing and recovery process. Foster Pets will be a huge blessing for those who have need of it! Finally, each of the women on our team has been blessed by being involved with fundrasing and spreading the word about Beacon of Hope. The Director and Board's ultimate goal and they believe the Lord's goal for them is to have a shelter built to further meet the needs of the women on Indy's west side. God is faithful and so are the Exec Dir, Board and volunteer staff at Beacon of Hope Women's Center.
As a former victim of domestic violence, I find it rewarding to work for an organization that strives every day to help those in need, encourage those that we've helped get away from their abusers with continued counseling and empowerment programs and keep in contact and continue to encourage and motivate those that have overcome and are now supporting themselves and their children. There is a passion that you can feel when you walk in the door. The staff here is committed to helping victims and also providing awareness in an effort to help prevent domestic violence. It is a sad and unfortunate need in our community and Beacon of Hope Center for Women, Inc. is helping fulfill that need and does it with the strictest of confidence to the victims and with the respect and dignity they deserve.
My experience with Beacon of Hope Center for Women, Inc. has been very enriching for me as a volunteer. Although have not been a victim of domestic violence in the past, a number of my friends have experienced domestic violence. I have had it in my heart to help serve in whatever capacity I could. When the Executive Director, Terry Moore, who is one of my best friends shared her dream and vision with me to open a domestic violence crisis center and shelter, I said to her that I will support you in whatever capacity and am very happy to be making a difference with fundraising events to help with saving lives of domestic violence victims. I have had an opportunity to meet a few current victims and survivors, through my service with Beacon of Hope. I believe that God has opened the door for Beacon of Hope Center for Women, Inc. to not just be like other crisis centers/shelters, but to take it a step further to provide for victims families and in future provide shelter for pets of victims as well. The community on the West Side of Indianapolis are very supportive of having Beacon of Hope Center for Women, Inc. locate there, because there is a GREAT need for there to be a shelter on this side of Indianapolis. Domestic violence seems to be more prevalent on this side of town. It is my hope and prayer that Beacon of Hope will receive more and more monetary support so that they can open up their shelter soon, but also support otherwise through donations, volunteering, etc.