Survivors In Action has many volunteers and the majority are domestic violence victims who were given a second chance at life. Now they want to give back. They know the struggles victims face because in their time of need they reached out to domestic violence shelters, coalitions, partnerships and traditional “DV Institutions” and received no help. I am continually inspired by their willingness to lend a hand to victims who are crying out for help. When one of our own is suffering, it is always more difficult. However, as the old saying goes, “When the going gets tough the tough get going.” We want to help SIA’s own Rose get going again.
One of SIA’s own, a volunteer many of you know, “ROSE,” and her daughter were recently relocated through the California Crime Victims Compensation emergency relocation program out of state. This was after her batterer was convicted of stalking and domestic violence and sentenced only to probation–free to harm Rose and her daughter again if given the opportunity.
Fearing for her life and the safety of her young daughter, the prosecutors and law enforcement agencies signed off and approved emergency relocation through CA Crime Victims Compensation Program and the victim is now almost homeless and has lost her car and her life savings.
inding a job and housing in these tough economic times is bad enough, but for Rose, it was one hundred times worse. She was relocated to an unfamiliar place without the ability to use her own personal credit out of fear that she would be located by the convicted batterer.
Rose was not familiar with the place where she was relocated and had no time to plan or to prepare for relocation. She literally had to move in twenty-four hours and rely upon only a handful of people she never met in person–an apartment manager she corresponded with by phone and email. She had only first month’s rent and deposit paid by Crime Victims Compensation. But she had no choice…she fled knowing that it was a matter of life or death.
Rose has been there for many victims even now! Without a car and even after receiving a notice to pay rent or quit, she still continues to answer victims pleas for help while walking to and from work and caring for her young daughter looking over her own shoulder constantly in fear for her life.
SIA knows that there is an economic crisis and that most are struggling themselves to pay their mortgage. However, we are hoping to be able to raise funds to help ensure Rose and her daughter have a car before winter.
She has not asked me or anyone else for donations. Survivors In Action is doing this because we know that Rose has gone above and beyond for others in their time of crisis and that we can count on Rose to return this gift ten times over.
With a car, not only will she to drive her daughter to school knowing that she made it without the worry of her taking public transportation, but Rose will also be able travel to and from work without having to walk or use public transportation.
Rose gave rides to other women just like her as well as their children in similar situations until her vehicle was repossessed.
If you know of someone who can help Rose or you have the means to assist, please contact SIA immediately.
Rose has given back more than you can imagine and it’s time that we bestow our thanks upon her and give her a chance at enriching her quality of life to ensure her safety and the safety of her daughter so that she can continue to work on our mission of no victim is left behind.