Through the generous support of our donors, we have been able to support these families during their difficult transition and provide them with a new start as they rebuild their lives.
We have hosted thousands from shelter at our monthly events. We have provided tens of thousands of dollars in new shoes. And we have transitioned hundreds of families from shelter into their new homes, completely furnishing their apartments with household items and complete furniture packages.
And, since Purple Hearts is an all-volunteer initiative and a community service program of Purpose Church, 100% of our donations go directly to support these families. We have no administrative overhead.
But it really isn’t about the numbers. Purple Hearts is about changing lives. We think one of the women from shelter said it best in her letter to us…”Thank you all for your warm hospitality. For caring and sharing. We have been truly blessed. Thank you.”
Purple Hearts is a program staffed by an all-volunteer team of men and women designed to provide a monthly social event for women and their children currently living in a domestic violence shelter. These events are the core of several aid services for these families, and always include a meal and childcare. Examples include field trips to the movies, a carnival, a Mother’s Day Tea, making crafts and learning about home repair. Shelter kids, from toddlers to teenagers, have their own supervised crafts, games, and sports. Our goal is to make sure these families can enjoy a break from shelter life in a fun loving and safe atmosphere. Events are held in Pomona and scheduled on the second Saturday of each month.
When families transition from emergency shelter into temporary transitional housing, the real work begins. Our Purple Hearts Self-Sufficiency Workshops were developed to provide the life skills training needed for financial literacy, access to jobs and job training, resource coordination, and, ultimately, support in securing permanent housing. Prior to these workshops, the rate that women felt forced to go back to their batterers averaged 7 times because the way out was too overwhelming. And sometimes the return, unfortunately, proved fatal. Since the Self-Sufficiency Workshops were developed, Purple Hearts has successfully transitioned our participating families without anyone returning to their abuser. With our assistance and a can-do approach that “failure is not an option,” we find that these women are successfully starting and maintaining new, safe lives for themselves and their children.
When families transition from shelter to their own subsidized housing, they don’t have any of the items needed to start a home such as dishes, cookware, silverware, bedding, towels, lamps and small appliances. We have developed a registry at Bed Bath and Beyond to provide all the basic items needed for an entire household. In giving them a complete start, now the mom can focus on work and/or school and providing for her family and not have to worry about the basic essentials.
In addition to household items, each family will need furniture once they transition. We have developed a complete furniture package with Cort Furniture providing each transition family with gently used living room, dining room and master bedroom furniture plus twin beds or bunk beds for the children.
It costs our program $2,500 to provide a complete household and furniture package for each family.
Purple Hearts is an all-volunteer initiative and 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 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.