Did you know that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month? It’s a tough topic to discuss, but it strikes close to home for those of us at the Milwaukee Rescue Mission. Many women in our shelter have suffered from abuse—in 2016, it was almost 50% of the women we served.

No one should have to live in fear of someone who is close to them or suffer abuse at the hands of a spouse or boyfriend. But one of the worst things about domestic violence happens when we stay silent. When women are too afraid to tell someone or to seek help, they often end up in even greater danger.

Joy House, our shelter for women and children, is one of the places women can turn to when they flee a situation of domestic violence. Sometimes, they come to us with just the clothes on their back, because they just knew grave danger was imminent.

But when they come here to MRM, they find safety and help. Your generosity gives them safety. Not only do they receive meals, shelter and clothing, they are surrounded by loving staff members who remind them of their worth and importance. In fact, our staff are specifically trained to help our neighbors who have experienced serious trauma.

And there’s more. Women who come to Joy House can stay and heal. We provide classes for them to grow, counselors for them to talk through what has happened and time for them to reconnect emotionally with their children. Their needs are met, and they can begin to heal—and to hope.

So this October, I ask you to remember those who are suffering from Domestic Violence. I ask you to pray for them. And, if you are able, I’d ask you to give.

Even something as simple as a hot meal can be the first step for a woman in need to start down a path towards a brighter future—a future that holds promise for her and her children.

Please consider joining many other generous friends who make brighter futures possible every day!

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