I’m so blessed the That Girl conference is partnering with Crisis Center for South Suburbia — an organization founded to raise awareness about domestic violence and provide shelter and a safe place for victims.
“I expected to be in a peaceful and loving relationship and moved to the Chicago land area in May of 2012 with my husband…who became my abuser. I kind of lost hope in my dream to live 'happily ever after.' There were days that he was peaceful…and days that my abuser was very unkind.
There was one Sunday morning I went to Mass and there was a Priest speaking on domestic abuse. I never really thought it was abuse until I was sitting there, and unbeknownst to me, there were tears pouring down my face.
In that moment, I realized that I wasn’t alone and that I really was...being abused.
Days after that it was a nice Spring day — it got chilly a bit later on — and I left the windows open to air out the place. I had left the house for a while and when I got back my abuser was ranting and raving. Throwing things left and right — the phone, the remote, and he even threatened to kill me. I got my workout gear on and went to the gym and he told me to never come back and kicked me out of the house.
When I got to the gym, thankfully, some friends encouraged me to do something about my situation. It was daunting...but I got the courage to call Crisis Center of South Suburbia. I set up an appointment for counseling and came to understand what I was really going through. I saw how I had put up with abuse for many, many, many years. I realized I couldn’t do that anymore. I didn’t want to…and I wouldn't.
After a few years of being there I feel so happy and so accomplished with even the little things in life. I don’t know where I would be if I didn’t come to the Crisis Center.
I was terrified when I first walked through the doors, but I’m so glad I did it. I love the people here. I will survive no matter what!"
Click Here to learn more about how the Crisis Center helped Mary.
The Crisis Center for South Suburbia has helped over 57,000 women like Mary become survivors of domestic abuse through various services and advocacy programs.
During the That Girl Conference I want to ask you to join me in bringing any new or gently used items from the following list to be donated to the Crisis Center for South Suburbia.
Together, we can make a difference and help heal these women by showing them the love and compassion of Jesus.
Would you join me?
- Cough drops/throat lozenges
- Kleenex facial tissue (full and travel size)
- Nail clippers
- Body lotion
- Feminine Hygiene products (heavy flow please)
- Sturdy brushes/large tooth combs
- Ethnic hair care products (hair grease, relaxers, perms, etc. by Motions, Olive Products, etc.)
- Twin size blankets
- New Pillows
- Slippers (especially size 9)
We’re less than a month away from the conference!
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P. P. S.
Don't forget to check on your friends and make sure they've registered too! If you help sign-up three ladies you'll receive raffle tickets for a free gift at the Book Launch Party happening Friday night of the conference.