As school moves into full swing, it’s important to remember that many children started school last week in a supremely vulnerable position. “Will I like my new teacher, Will I make new friends, Where will I sit on the bus, What time is recess?” were all secondary thoughts to “Will my Mom be safe today, Will kids make fun of me if they know I stay in a shelter, Will my teachers look down on me because of what happened at home?”
Posted: August 14th, 2017 | Permalink
Ms. Velazquez arrived in Atlanta from Mexico with her husband and children, their sights set on the American dream. After 20 years of marriage and two kids she fled to our emergency shelter. Scared for her life, scared for her kids and scared of possible deportation she arrived in our shelter with the clothes on her back and her children in her arms.
Posted: July 27th, 2017 | Permalink
Katha often sees her young self in the children that PADV serves. This drives her. Every day she walks into work knowing that she has a unique and priceless opportunity to not just change one life, but the lives of this and future generations.
Posted: July 26th, 2017 | Permalink
Did you know that PADV has a Teens Against Dating Violence (TADV) advisory board? This board is composed of high school youth who help raise awareness of teen dating violence in the community through outreach, the annual Teen Summit and more. As a part of our second story this week, we are featuring Brooke, a TADV advisory board member. As an advocate for Teen Dating Violence Awareness, Brooke served on a panel at the 2017 Teen Summit, speaking to a room of over 550 people about her experiences with teen dating violence.
Posted: July 25th, 2017 | Permalink
Karla Worley, one of our Hearts with Hope Gala Chairs, mother experienced domestic violence, which was what led her to support PADV. Today, this experience has made her stronger and given her the courage to speak up for victims of intimate partner violence struggling to find their own voice.
Posted: July 24th, 2017 | Permalink