In 2013, I created a group page on Facebook with the primary goal being to raise awareness of various local non-profits and their upcoming events where individuals could plug in and give back. It was heartwarming to see the reception and the willingness of individuals to come together to help others in need time and again. But as months turned to years, I felt called to take it one step further, to go beyond simply orchestrating the virtual connection between a person and a cause to fully investing in a physical connection.
Enter the community-based nonprofit "Broken Hearts and Calloused Hands".
So, why do we focus on domestic violence? Well, it's personal.
Growing up, I witnessed first-hand how quickly rage and deceit could overpower love in a relationship, how the need to control others could manifest and twist a heart until it no longer resembled anything loving or kind. I watched the woman who gave me life wilt under a continuous barrage of names and terms no woman should ever be subjected to. I watched a man who was supposed to use his hands to love and protect his family use them instead to harm, to control, to manipulate, and to shame. Hands that would often leave bruises in their wake and occasionally broken bones.
But while bruises fade and bones eventually mend, other wounds are less visible and sometimes never fully heal.
My mother's story is simply one out of thousands for there are other women like my mother out there, broken and praying for a way out of a dangerous relationship. Some will eventually find the strength to stand up and get out. Others will not be as fortunate.
The purpose of Broken Hearts and Calloused Hands is to help victims of domestic violence by providing resources, offering counseling, and arranging temporary shelter should it be needed.
We hope that you will partner with us in our efforts to reach the broken so that they can begin to mend and eventually find the strength to move forward with renewed hope and restoration.