True Healing Flies on the Wings of Change.
Pauline, CEO & Advocate
Everything in life that’s worth having is worth fighting for and figuring out our purpose and walking into our destiny is Worth Fighting For. I’ve been fighting my own demons, past failures, anxiety, depression, etc…and the list goes on and on. But I’m here to tell you that where there is a will There is a Way. When we’re ready to move past our comfort zones and go above and beyond anything we thought possible, that’s when life becomes a new adventure worth living. When we shift our focus outside of ourselves, to help the greater good; it’s like networking opportunities pop up everywhere. I feel like an unstoppable whirlwind of butterflies bringing healing and love on wings of change.
I wouldn’t be able to become the woman I am becoming now without the love and support from Greg, my closest friends, my wine tribe, and the resource centers that help other people like myself overcome past traumatic experiences. When I first looked into getting help for myself, it was $2500 for 10 sessions. At that time I was 29 years old, had no money or insurance; so I just thought to myself, “All well.” It wasn’t until a year later that my counselor in the Navy told me about free resource centers that can help. Resource centers that specialize in prolonged exposure therapy for PTSD and sexual abuse typically have a long waiting lists and they can only do so many cases for free; and the free centers can typically give 12-16 sessions. I was at King’s County Sexual Abuse Resource Center for over a year, which is not usual. However I am grateful that they didn’t rush me or push me out in 16 weeks. They were patient, empathetic, kind and they made sure I had the confidence and the tools I needed to succeed and move on.
My driving purpose is to make sure that those who seek help will have shoulder to shoulder support from the time they reach out to, through sessions, and even afterwards.
Kelly, Associate Director
I’ve been working with and supporting survivors of sexual assault/abuse for almost 10 years. Encouraging them to reach out to available services has not always gone well; whether it was a hotline that couldn’t help in a time of crisis, the overwhelming amount of steps it can take to find the right professional help that is affordable, or simply not having someone there to remind them that they matter.
Through Wings to HOPE, I want to make sure that every survivor has the continued support and resources they need to overcome their experience to live a happy, productive life. I believe having dedicated individuals and progressive programs through HOPE will make all the difference: to help guide survivors to the best resources for their needs, to be readily available on the tougher days, and to be a beacon of light in the lives of so many affected by sexual assault/abuse.
Ashley, Support Supervisor
I have been working in healthcare since 2005, and a practicing Registered Nurse(RN) since 2014. Working in this field has put me face to face with sexual assault/abuse survivors; the images of violence, trauma, and the after-effects, are not something I can forget. It’s one of the things in the medical field that affects you specifically as a woman.
As a nurse, I encourage survivors to find trauma specific therapist. Of course survivors are more than welcomed to talk to me if they are comfortable doing so, but I never know if they receive the help they truly need once they are no longer in my care. I believe though that through Wings to HOPE, I can go beyond the physical wounds and help survivors reclaim their dignity and heal the secret scars we can’t see.
Shelby, Peer Support Specialist
I am a mom of two amazing teenage boys. I am a lover of life and wisdom and what people say about me is that my passion is sharing that love and wisdom with others. I am a real believer that you get back what you put into this life. And after going through my own inner healing from my traumatic past, I can honestly say that there is HOPE to regain the life that was once thought of as lost.
Treating others as one would like to be treated is more than just a golden rule to me. I too, was once a victim, a survivor, but now I am an overcomer. Being here at HOPE is just one of the many ways I can help others move forward in their own lives.
(Coming Soon), Trauma Specific Therapist