For most families in the Beloit area, Thanksgiving is a time of celebration and togetherness.
Thanksgiving has extra meaning for families at the Beloit Domestic Violence Survivor Center. Although these families have all faced enormous challenges, this Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, is an opportunity to be thankful for the support they have received from the community and to relish in hope of new beginnings.
“Thanksgiving at a domestic abuse shelter is bittersweet,” said Cori Forster, Program Director.
“The victims and children we serve would certainly rather be safely living and celebrating the holiday in their own homes. But, they are also appreciative of the assistance and support they have received here through the generosity and support of this community.”
Forster hopes this Thanksgiving will be a positive one for the clients of the Beloit Domestic Violence Survivor
“Our clients have overcome so much just to be here,” said Forster. “We want Thanksgiving to be a peaceful day for those who are especially yearning for peace and stability in their lives.”
The Beloit Domestic Violence Survivor Center offers counseling, legal advocacy and other assistance to families who are survivors of domestic violence, as well as emergency shelter
End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin (formerly the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence), which is the statewide voice for victims of domestic violence, released a report earlier in the year that attributes millions of dollars of health care cost savings to Beloit Domestic Violence Survivor Center and other agencies like it across Wisconsin. The report also links victim services to the prevention of almost 100,000 missed days of work
The Beloit Domestic Violence Survivor Center notes that community donations of money, time and household items sustain it. Currently, the center especially needs paper products, diapers and wipes, cleaning and laundry supplies. To volunteer or make contributions, call 608-364-1083.