The HOPE Center (in honor of Carolyn's 21st birthday)
Fundraiser for HOPE CENTER

Carolyn raising money for HOPE CENTER

HOPE Center's mission is "to create zero tolerance for sexual and domestic violence through Healing, Outreach, Prevention and Education."

Celebrating Life and Embracing Hope

As many of you know, my 21st birthday was Friday, July 23rd. I've been doign a lot of thinking about what this birthday means to me--what it means for me to be turning 21, to have reached adulthood. What does it mean to be celebrating this milestone, this accomplishment? What has my life been about duringt these 21 years? Who am I? Why am I here? What are we celebrating? To me, this birthday is about celebrating life and embracing hope.

It would mean a lot to me if you join me in this celebration. Instead of asking for gifts for this birthday, I am asking you to support my involvement in the HOPE Center. Because of my personal experiences with depression and my commitment to providing help and hope for others as they face their own struggles, the HOPE Center’s mission is very near and dear to my heart.

MY STORY

This spring, I began volunteering at the HOPE Center in Faribault, MN. Their mission is “to create zero tolerance for sexual and domestic violence through H ealing, O utreach, P revention and E ducation.” In the spring, I completed 40 hours of training as an advocate for victim/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. As an advocate, one of my primary responsibilities is to take the crisis line. (Most Saturdays, I am the advocate on call.) In addition, I am interning at the HOPE Center this summer and will be focusing on education and prevention efforts. My hope is that my contributions to the HOPE Center can ease the pain of those who are suffering as a result of domestic violence/sexual assault. Perhaps we can even prevent some of the suffering experienced as a result of abuse; perhaps we can offer them hope.

There have been times when I looked toward the future and could only see endless suffering. I have also had days when I couldn’t even see a future for myself. Either way, life was meaningless. I had no hope. But now, as I look forward to my birthday and look toward the Future, I feel a sense of passion and purpose. I am here for a reason: to celebrate life and embrace hope.

The HOPE Center:

The HOPE Center is located in Faribault, Minnesota (about 25 minutes from St. Olaf College) and serves the community here. Their mission is “to create zero tolerance for sexual and domestic violence through H ealing, O utreach, P revention and E ducation.” Through innovative programming, the HOPE Center offers a wide variety of services, including direct support to primary and secondary victims of violence, crisis intervention, legal advocacy, support groups, and community & professional education. In addition, the HOPE Center collaborates with other systems such as social services, criminal justice agencies, and the medical community. As I mentioned in my story, I recently completed 40 hours of training as an advocate for victim/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. As an advocate, one of my primary responsibilities is to take the crisis line. In addition, I am interning at the HOPE Center this summer and will be focusing on education and prevention efforts.

Website: http://hopecentermn.org/index.html

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