Since its founding in 2000, the Purple Hearts program has provided assistance to thousands of women and children throughout Southern California rebuilding their lives from domestic violence.
We partner with domestic violence shelters throughout the region to provide programming focused on self-sufficiency skills and access to resources that their clients need to successfully and sustainably rebuild their lives.
Through this new approach, we have seen a drastic reduction in the recidivism rate as women are now empowered to move forward on their journey and establish safe and productive lives for themselves and their children.
Stories of Changed Lives
We named our program Purple Hearts after the medal given for bravery to the wounded in battle. These women have survived a terrorizing war and shown enormous courage to rescue themselves and their children from life-threatening abuse. We salute you!.
Monthly Events for Families in Shelter
Events are held every month for moms and children housed temporarily in DV shelters to educate and entertain, provide crafts and delicious meals, and share hope for a brighter future.
Self-Sufficiency Workshops for Families in Transition
Our 12-month Purple Hearts Self-Sufficiency Workshop Program provides the life skills training needed for financial literacy, access to jobs and training, a network of community resources and, ultimately, support in securing permanent housing.
Relocation Support into Permanent Housing
When families complete our Purple Hearts Workshop Program and transition out of shelter, Purple Hearts provides resources for permanent housing and donates complete furniture packages and household items to help families start a new life with all the basic essentials.
“Thank you so very much for opening your heart to help my son and I on our journey. Today is my son’s 5th birthday and he couldn’t have asked for a better gift than a new beginning. Purple Hearts has sincerely blessed us on this path.”
“I am looking forward to a wonderful and meaningful rest of my life… I will become a role model in my community for the women and children who are violated and without hope. I am working for the day my history will become my victory.”
Former client studying to become a family law attorney
“Thank you and God’s blessing in your endeavors. It is lonely and scary starting all over in an unfamiliar place. The Purple Hearts have sparked a faint light I hold dear.”
“I really want to thank you all for this great system of support that you guys have for us. It was a big relief to count on all your help for a fresh start. I hope you guys could help more people like me because it’s a blessing!”
Get to Know Us
Purple Hearts is a community service program of Purpose Church. Our team is committed to providing love and assistance to victims of domestic violence housed in shelters in southern California.
Your generosity will make a difference in the lives of women and children victimized by domestic violence and help give them a safe and fresh new start. 100% of our donations go directly to support these families.
If You Need Help
If you are in danger, call 911, the local Southern California hotline 877-988-5559, or the U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224.
Domestic Violence 101
Domestic violence is defined by the U.S. Department of Justice as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner, whether in a physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological way. This can include any behavior that is used to intimidate, threaten, hurt, isolate, frighten or coerce someone.