Domestic Violence Vigil - Honoring and Remembering
Thanks to everyone who attended the vigil at the YWCA on October 26 in honor of victims and survivors of domestic violence and in memory of the 56 individuals who have died in North Carolina so far this year as a result of domestic violence.
Attendees viewed the Silent Witness Exhibit, a traveling memorial to women/children who have lost their lives in NC, and the Clothesline Project, tee shirts made by survivors of various forms of violence. Artwork made by children living in Helpmate’s emergency shelter was on exhibit and attendees heard a powerful story of domestic violence by survivor Rebecca Croft, who is also a devoted volunteer with Helpmate. This event was the result of a partnership between Helpmate and The YWCA Motherlove Program, which provides adult mentors for pregnant and parenting teenagers. Special thanks go to the following people: Tangela Ballard-Bowman (Motherlove Director), Holly Gillespie (Motherlove Coordinator), Motherlove participants, Jazmine Gayle (Helpmate intern), Elena Salisbury (future Helpmate intern), and Rebecca Croft (Helpmate volunteer). Each of these individuals worked hard to make this event a success.