The (REAL) Cost of Domestic Violence for Employers

The (REAL) Cost of Domestic Violence for Employers

Domestic violence is personal. And while we all try to “mind our own business” and “protect the privacy and personal rights” of every individual, domestic violence has far-reaching implications. It is not just the victim’s and abuser’s problem. It is a community problem and it is also a business problem. For the victim, their life may be in danger. And so may be the lives of their children and other family members. It may reach, perhaps, into the lives of close friends and neighbors. At Sheltering Wings, we have first-hand knowledge of how one situation involving an abusive relationship can creep into the lives of many others in the community. The effect of domestic violence on business What some might not realize is that domestic violence is a problem for businesses, too, and impacts the economic environment as well as personal safety and lives. Everyone in a community or business leadership role needs to consider the following five points: It is a myth that the victim can escape the abuser for several hours a day because they have a job. The abuser knows where the victim works and almost 75% of victims say abusers have harassed them at work. Besides disrupting the workplace, a situation can quickly spiral out of control and become violent at the place of business. Not only does that put the victim in danger, but everyone else there, too. That puts employers in a position of security liability. More than one million people report a violent assault by an intimate partner every year in the United States. It is highly probable that domestic violence has...
Is anybody out there?

Is anybody out there?

Hello All, It’s been a while since the shelter has posted a blog, and before adding “blog-today” to my list of tasks, I wanted to first see if there is anyone out there who wants to read a blog? We post quick updates, needs, announcements, and notes of gratitude on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and more recently – Pinterest. So, do you read blogs? And if so, what information would you like included? What is most significant for you? Blogs are really our way of communicating with you, so what would you like to read? Our message this year has been threefold: 1. The need is great. We’ve served more than 12,000 families in the last decade. Even after the recent buiding expansion, today we have only one bed remaining in our 33,000 square foot facility. We are housing a record-breaking 67 women and children. Indeed, the need is great. 2. Lives are changing. Just today a woman left to begin her new life, and we’ve seen 31 others leave to safe living this year. On a regular basis we are told how lives are changed because of the services offered at the shelter. It’s such a blessing to be a part of this work and it’s inspiring to see women who come to us broken and hurting, leave courageous and independent. Lives ARE changing. 3. Our work MUST continue. This is where you come in. We depend on you – to volunteer, to participate in our fundraising activities, to pray, to tell others about resources available… the list of how YOU make it possible for us to do this life changing...
Children’s Laughter

Children’s Laughter

This past couple of weeks while Maria’s been out I’ve spent a portion of my days working in her office at the shelter. Right now my office is offsite, along with the other members of the development team, so it’s been fun to be at the shelter working. (When the expansion is completed we’ll all be working under one roof and we’re very excited about that.) While I was there yesterday afternoon working I heard several of the shelter children coming down the hall and a couple of them were laughing. It’s so contagious, isn’t it? A child’s laughter? It’s almost as if it comes from way down….a sort of “belly laugh”. I smiled as I listened, and then as their laughter continued and got louder and louder I started laughing myself. How great it felt, that in the midst of a very hectic and busy day, I was laughing outloud just like the children. It reminded me of just how good God is and how he has blessed us with the gift of laughter. I hope you take time out of each day to smile and to laugh, just as the children do here at Sheltering Wings....

Bloom Where You’re Planted

Last week’s staff meeting here at the shelter began with prayer and bible study (led by one of our Case Managers), and she began the study with this saying – “Bloom Where You’re Planted”. Ever since she said that I’ve thought of that phrase as I go about my day, praying that God will use me in His perfect way, a way in which only He can do. He blesses every one of us with time, talents and treasures, yet each of us are unique in the way that He made us. We each have special gifts. What I’m realizing is that I need to use the gifts God gave me to touch the lives of others right where I am – the lives of the women and children here, the volunteers, the staff, the community – sharing my heart and my life with them. God puts opportunities in our path each and every day. Bloom where you’re planted. Have a blessed...

Fully Dependent on God

I belong to an organization which is made up of several Christian business people in the Indianapolis community who meet on a monthly basis and share the progress, needs and prayer requests of our not for profit organizations and of each of us personally. When we met last we talked about whether or not each of us operated in faith – total faith – doing everything in the midst of faith and abiding in our Lord God. What is our attitude? Do we seek Him daily? Do we model Him and include Him in our daily lives? We asked ourselves, “What is God wanting to accomplish in the duties, responsibilities and activities that lie ahead of us? What is His purpose for us?” This immediately brought to mind the shelter’s residential staff who share their hearts and their lives with the women and children here each and every day. They sit with them, cry with them, give big hugs and pray with them. They walk alongside them in every area of their lives, giving these families hope for a future free from domestic violence. Their attitudes and faith in God are evident in the work that they do as they model the ultimate servant – Jesus...

Precious Volunteers

This past week has been such a blessing as I’ve had the opportunity to spend some time with a couple of our volunteers here at the shelter. On Tuesday I had lunch and spent the afternoon (on my day off) with a very special lady and what a fun time we had getting to know each other a bit better on a more personal level. She volunteers her time a couple of days a week here as our volunteer Volunteer Coordinator. Then, yesterday evening, I stopped in to see one of our long time volunteers who has a beautiful seven week old baby boy. I got to hold baby Isaac and to hear all the details of how he came into this world – a little bit of a bumpy ride at first – but is now doing so very well and growing like a little weed. Precious and beautiful! Exactly how the staff here feels about all of our volunteers – they are, each one, precious to us and beautiful in God’s sight as they serve the women and children of Sheltering Wings. Thank you all! We love...