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liz.blumberg

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Review for Houston Area Women's Center, Inc., Houston, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The Houston Area Women's Center is a wonderful non-profit organization serving all Houstonians, men, women, and children, who have experienced domestic and/or sexual violence. I am so proud to be a volunteer and donor of such a wonderful organization. The ultimate goal of HAWC is to put itself "out of business" and I really appreciate that each employee strives to achieve this goal, especially as a survivor of sexual assault.

There are three things I would like to mention in my review that may not be mentioned by other volunteers on this site:

1) The training and education department is fantastic. The trainings aren't just classes where you sit and take notes -- they are interactive. If you have a question, Renee and her wonderful team make sure that you feel comfortable enough to ask that question and to provide you with excellent information. I have enjoyed the trainings and I have learned so much. Because of those trainings, I was able to help a friend in crisis. She told me that I was the very first person who told her that what happened to her wasn't her fault. Can you believe it? In 2014, people are still victim-blaming their own friends! Ugh. Anyway, I can't say enough good things about the training department!

2) The employees at HAWC are some of the nicest and best people I have ever met. I am honored to have worked with these wonderful folks. Much like Ken said, they are passionate, warm, caring, and great at their jobs.

3) Even though I received help at my school after my sexual assault and I know the assault was not my fault, it means so, so much to go to a place like HAWC and just feel safe/normal/comforted. Everyone there is on your side, everyone there wants you to move forward with your life -- to live, not just survive. It's amazing.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Role:  Volunteer