Guest Post by: Susan Weaver Schwandt, APR, HAP
HAP supports HAVEN because we believe that no one should have to live in fear. Every person in our community has the right to live in peace, with a sense of well-being and security.
Recently HAP volunteers supported the Family Justice Center groundbreaking. Even a severe thunderstorm didn’t dampen their spirits because the volunteers knew that this new facility will be able to accommodate the growing demand for HAVEN’s services in Oakland County. As the only comprehensive treatment and prevention center, HAVEN helps more than 30,000 people each year. Last year, HAVEN had to turn away people 810 times due to lack of space.
The process for victims seeking shelter, personal protection orders, copies of legal documents and restraining orders can be overwhelming. By housing these services in a central location, HAVEN’s Family Justice Center will make it easier for victims to get help; thereby reducing the frustration factor and risk of returning to their abusers.
HAVEN’s domestic violence and sexual assault prevention and treatment programs help victims pick up the pieces of their shattered dreams. Victims find hope with HAVEN when they realize that they are no longer alone.
Survivors need a resourceful advocate, ally and protector who can speak for them and let their voices be heard. Caring, compassionate and knowledgeable HAVEN professionals earn the victims’ trust. They listen to each person’s story with no judgment, and provide the reassuring support, job training and resources necessary to help them recover and rebuild their lives.
HAVEN approaches domestic violence and sexual assault victims in the same way that HAP treats our members—with a sense of urgency, understanding, compassion and respect.
Please join HAP in supporting HAVEN’s Plant the Seeds of Hope campaign to raise the funds needed to build the Family Justice Center. Click here for more information.