This past summer, we excitingly began a Living Well alumni group. I coordinate the Living Well life skills empowerment program for survivors of domestic violence and homelessness. Together with the Living Well team, we have recently connected with our graduates from years past and started a monthly gathering.
Because these women share trustingly with each other and allow me to bear witness to their stories, they are teaching me that we never stop needing our community to rally around us. Domestic violence is an extremely isolating trauma, and even after graduating the program, survivors continue to struggle with isolation.
I've listened to women echo the struggles of their peers and immediately offer a point of connection, supporting and holding each other up. When these women come together, they create sacred ground.
Lesley-Ann Hix Tommey, CBF field personnel in New York City