From one of our volunteer staff:
I have heard the chatter get louder and louder on how “we” need to get out in the public eye more. With the concern that because we’ve been so busy with our victims that the public may just be forgetting about us. When I heard this, my first instinct was “Good!”. From a philanthropy standpoint, the comments take on valid points of concern; however just returning from what I often refer to as the front line of the battle field, my thoughts were that I was glad we were not in the public eye, that means the enemy hasn’t got focus on us. This can only support better security and stability for our victims. Just this week I received a second correspondence stating that the local gossip said we had closed, and the author was inquiring for confirmation. I absolutely could not confirm the gossip; not only did I confirm that we were still very much up and running, I added that we had even expanded over the past year.
It’s amazing to me how financial support can decrease significantly yet our efforts and aide to victims can expand and increase beyond explanation. I can’t help but to be reminded of the parable in the Bible where Jesus fed a multitude with a small lunch from a boy. When I look at our philanthropy the only way I can sum it up is “loaves and fishes”, God takes care of those who care for others. We are alive and well, we are GREAT!
Often, I am asked how I cope with working with domestic violence daily, my answer is, "I don’t know, I just do”. The instinct within kicks in and we do what needs to be done, we focus on those who have come to us at their lowest and greatest time of need, in the midst of their trauma.
I believe in our uniqueness, in our quiet but stealth manor in which we help our victims. There are many wonderful organizations, which some I refer to as a sister-organization and others as just great referrals, but we are unique in every bit of the definition. MARYS House does not receive any government grants or funding, nor did we receive any COVID funding or funds from any special interest groups. We have not staffed ourselves where we have individuals on the job scrolling through their social media or twiddling their thumbs. Our staff comes in and hits the floor running as any well armored, state of the art, machine. We work smart, we work hard and with a great deal of empathy and compassion. We assess each case individually and every need, developing a plan of action.
When you feel like you can’t go any further, just know that the strength which carried you this far will take you the rest of the way.
Everyone here at MARYS House puts our victims’ emotional wellbeing first; we put all our energy and strength into guiding them along the right path. I use the word "we" because I know I speak for everyone here, not just myself, but the entire staff have something other than ourselves to work for, to fight for and at the same time, I know that our victims are depending on us for support, protection and hope. When we get tired and exhausted from all the traveling back and forth, admin work, shelter work, keeping an on-call 24/7 schedule, we collectively dig deep within ourselves to find the strength to continue, no time to complain or whine about local gossip or decreased financial support. As the saying goes, we put our big girl pants on and we deal with it, we keep going even if the lime-light is not shining brightly on what we do. The light of the Holy Spirit is strong in our organization and God provides His word as all the light we need to continue down the path we have set forth on.
At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to our success is the positive involvement of prayer
The one thing I would advise others, is to believe in something, doesn’t matter, believe in something other and bigger than yourself. Believe in God, he will always guide you through grace, through faith and He will provide you with more hope than any other. Your belief will give you faith and strength to continue.
To all that continue to support us; Thank you!
Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside all of us that is greater than any obstacle.
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