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I was an abused child. My father, a drug addict and alcoholic with bipolar disorder, hurt me physically, verbally, and mentally. Growing up in this environment impacted me deeply. As a teenager and young adult, I found I had adopted my father's pattern of violence, and I struggled to free myself from his legacy.
I remember the first time I held my newborn son and looked into his innocent eyes. That was the moment my life changed. The realization that I didn't know how to be a father or a husband terrified me. In that instant, I made a promise that violence would not define me, nor would it destroy my family. I immediately embarked on a journey of counseling, reading, and personal development, committed to becoming the best father and husband I could be.
If not for that defining moment, I can’t imagine what my life would be like today. It has been the driving force motivating me to break the chain of violence that dominated my family tree for generations.
SafeNest, Nevada’s largest, most comprehensive nonprofit dedicated to ending domestic violence, has created programs designed to intentionally guide children down the path that I accidently stumbled upon.
We need these programs now more than ever. Since the onset of the pandemic, domestic violence rates have surged in Clark County. Requests for SafeNest services have increased by 150%, and the level of abuse has escalated as individuals and families struggle to stay afloat in this new world made worse by isolation, stress, economic anxiety, lack of resources, and substance abuse.
SafeNest is meeting the challenge, increasing the number of shelter beds; moving education, counseling and case work to an online platform; providing public service announcements in English and Spanish to support victims and family members; and working with courts and Southern Nevada Legal Aid to get Temporary Protection Orders (TPOs) completed by phone.
None of this is easy. Or inexpensive. Satisfying the growing demand for services and support takes life-saving contributions from caring individuals like you, as well as families and corporations.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. When you now "Invest in the Nest", your generous donation will be matched up to $10,000!
The deadline is the end of the day on Thursday, October 15. Please join me in supporting SafeNest as we work diligently to navigate a very different funding landscape. Let’s use our passion to change the world starting right here, right now!
Thank you from all of us at SafeNest and, more importantly, thank you from those we serve.
Donations are tax deductible. Please forward this email to family, friends, colleagues, and businesses who may want to join in supporting this great cause.
Chief Executive Officer
Network Security Associates, Inc.
Branch Whitney is the author of Hiking Las Vegas and creator of the 52 Peak Club where members hike to the best 52 Peaks around Las Vegas, NV