With all that is happening in the world, domestic violence may not seem like the most pressing issues we face as a community and nation. Unfortunately, abuse does not disappear because new problems emerge. Every day, our families, neighborhoods, communities are impacted by domestic violence.
We often talk about our efforts and how domestic violence is an injustice that must end. However, rarely, do we talk about the face of domestic violence. Can you recognize it when you see it? Too often on the news, after a tragedy, those who give interviews express shock and dismay because they did not recognize the warning signs.
In our October issue, we provide some basic information to increase your understanding. Our objective is to increase awareness and capacity within the community in order to assist victims of domestic violence. To end domestic violence we need a coordinated community response. This means that everyone; every professional, every business, and every family member needs to have a basic awareness of the issue, how it impacts us and how we should respond.
Let the knowledge God has given us be a powerful tool for social change. There are many ways you can make a difference. Start with understanding domestic violence. You can volunteer, support a friend, make a donation, call your legislator to continue funding, host a benefit or even become an activist.
Examples of effective and creative responses to ending domestic violence are highlighted throughout the newsletter. We will continue to be members of an outstanding community that takes a stand against violence.
Rebuilding Lives, Impacting Communities
Brooks J. Young
For nearly 14 years, Touching Heart has helped women and children with resources, referrals and rebuilding their lives. It is now time to provide a must needed service by opening The Brooks J. Young Home. The Brooks J. Young Home promises to secure the safety of women and children, provide services to meet the needs for each resident individually and most importantly, allow women the chance to rebuild their lives so they’re able to become self-sufficient for themselves and their children.
We are seeking sponsors for homes in California, Georgia, Hawaii, Michigan, and Texas. We are praying that we will have a few benefactors so that we are able to move to the second phase of our organization’s needs.
Living in a shelter at the age of 31 opened my eyes to what women experience from the time they are leaving an abusive relationship to the restoration process. Although, I was homeless, I never thought to give up the ministry God had given me due to experiencing trials and tribulations. I understood that God was using me to gain a better understanding of domestic violence, homeless and restoration. –Brooks J. Young, founder and executive director
On Saturday, June 16th, Jackie Gray, an instructor for Living Waters Yoga hosted a fundraiser for Touching Heart. Our executive director, Brooks J. Young, attended the event and shared her story of survival, purpose and the mission of the organization. It was well received.
We would like to thank Jackie for her support and theLiving Water Yogaowners and co-founders, Melissa Gray and Sarah Holder, for hosting the event.
About Living Waters Yoga
Living Waters Yoga is a place of love, restoration, fellowship, peace, and Spirit. Living Waters Yoga integrates Bible reading, Christian worship music, meditation and prayer into every practice. Our teachers are certified and dedicated to providing you with an extraordinary experience. We offer classes for all levels of new and veteran yogis.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that they will be sending new Medicare cards to consumers starting in April 2018. In order to provide uninterrupted access to care, service providers should help consumers prepare for the change. CMS has published resources in English and Spanish to help beneficiaries understand the change.