The Peace of Giving

December 9, 2011

photo of mother holding her young child in a field

by Samantha Tucker, Director of Development, Safe Harbor

“There is always something to be grateful for.”  ~ Charles Dickens

The holidays truly are a special time. True, the hustle of it makes the month of December scoot by so quickly…but this time of year brings with it a heightened level of appreciating and understanding one another.  For me, I look forward to quiet times shared with loved ones.  I feel peaceful when I see my family’s decorated tree and the sweet stockings that represent the members of my family.  I smile at the obvious joy and innocence I see in my children, and I enjoy the effort people put into being festive and cheerful.  For all of this…and for so much more…I am grateful. What are you grateful for this time of year?

For our residents at Safe Harbor, this time of year can be difficult.  The season prompts missing home and missing personal traditions.  Yes, our residents are grateful to spend the holidays in an environment of peace.  At the shelter we have a decorated tree, and we have kind people from our community who make sure our clients each have a gift or two beneath it.  Still, though, the holidays reinforce that life is different now and that change can be a difficult process.

This holiday season, take a moment and remember those who are spending this time sheltered…sheltered from abuse, from chaos, from the violence that brought them such pain.  Remember our clients who are celebrating this season of peace, just maybe in a very different way. 

On behalf of the more than 600 women and children who have found safety and security in our shelters in 2011, I thank you for making Safe Harbor possible.  I also ask that you consider making a holiday contribution to Safe Harbor in support of our mission and our services.  In lieu of a physical gift, your donation can be in someone’s honor (we will notify the honoree).  Amidst all the hustle, this simple gesture can be a very special one.

Happy holidays from the Safe Harbor family to yours.  We appreciate your support and your passion, and we look forward to making further progress in 2012 toward ending domestic violence.

https://safeharborsc.org/how-can-you-help/make-a-donation

I am a survivor of domestic violence.


“I didn’t know that I was being abused...

I am a survivor of domestic violence.


“I didn’t know that I was being abused because my definition of abuse looked different. My husband pushed me, but most of my suffering was verbal and psychological. I left my husband to protect our young daughter. Almost immediately I felt the weight of his oppression begin to lift. I could see a difference in my daughter as well. Then he broke into my home and assaulted me in-front of her.

I sought help and was led to Safe Harbor. My daughter and I are in counseling now. I am sorting out the mess that abuse has caused. I am finding my voice and seeking opportunities to grow and better my life as well as my daughter's. She will gauge her self-worth from my own self-worth. I must show her that she deserves the best, by expecting the best for myself.

Many years I suffered in silence. By telling my story and being honest with friends and family, I am taking control of my life again.”

- Beth

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