The Holy Cross Ministries Women Empowered Program supports women who have been victims of domestic violence.
Holy Cross Ministries Women Empowered Program integrates the services of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) into the broad network of services for victims of violence that we provide.
Holy Cross utilizes a “no wrong door” strategy, which ensures that women receive the spectrum of services they need regardless of their initial reason for seeking assistance. Though Holy Cross Ministries is a faith-based organization, all program services are provided without regard to any defining characteristic of the client population, including race, ethnicity, religion, age, and gender.
Impact of the Women Empowered Program:
Sonia is a 49-year-old woman from Guatemala. She was with her abusive partner for 14 years and had 7 children with him. In a very violent incident in 2006, while they were separated, he forced his way into the home, and broke all of Sonia’s teeth. After that violent incident Sonia called the police and reported the violence. Her ex-partner is now incarcerated but Sonia continues to feel terrified of what he might do when he is released.
Sonia began counseling at Holy Cross in October of 2013. She is a single mother and has all of her children living with her, and she works hard to provide for her family. She lived at the Road Home shelter with all her children for a year after she fled her abuser. The domestic violence has affected her entire family. Several of her sons have been involved in gangs, drugs and delinquency. Holy Cross contacted a very generous dentist who was willing to repair her teeth with donated care. Over the process of several months the dentist made a permanent retainer with a full set of upper teeth for Sonia. Her broken and missing teeth were a constant reminder of the violence her partner inflicted on her every time she looked in the mirror. She was always embarrassed to smile in front of people. She is very excited and grateful for this opportunity to have her teeth repaired and restored with this dentist’s generosity. Now Sonia is still adjusting to her new smile.