This week I had the pleasure of attending InterAct’s Courageous Voices Tour - a tour that highlights how this incredible organization provides domestic violence and sexual assault victims services to the state of North Carolina, especially to Wake county. I was blown away by their efforts to truly save lives, help rebuild broken lives, and how they are committed to securing a safer future for us all. On the tour, InterAct staff and volunteers lead guests through their building - showing off the various departments in effort to give a glimpse into their daily operations. We saw the call center room (where victims can call a hotline for help), pictures of their undisclosed-location safe home, support group rooms (where the women and children in their program receive counseling and attend helpful workshops to help them get back on their feet), an examination room (where victims can receive nursing care and a private forensic examination), and we ended the tour by hearing the story from a really brave survivor. We also saw the offices of the 8 collaborative partners who share the InterAct building and partner with them:
Easter Seals UCP coordinates the provision of mental health services to women and children suffering from trauma exposure.
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle operates InterAct's commercial kitchen and provide culinary skills training.
KIRAN promotes self-reliance and empowerment of South Asians in crisis through outreach, peer support, and referrals.
Legal Aid of North Carolina offers InterAct's clients legal assistance and regular legal clinics.
Raleigh Police Department houses its entire family violence intervention unit on-site.
SouthLight offers family substance abuse counseling service on site.
YMCA of the Triangle maintains InterAct's pool and operates after-school and summer youth programs.
I loved especially that the tour made InterAct “come alive” to me - I left there thinking about what LIFE they give to our community. InterAct is an incredibly well-run organization and one I’m so glad we get to partner with.
I learned through the tour that 1 in 3 women will experience domestic or sexual violence in their lifetime. I think it’s safe to say that most of us know someone who has been affected by either domestic or sexual abuse...and all of us have heard the recent story of the Stanford rape case that’s getting so much publicity these days, and rightly so! There’s so much buzz about this story, because it gets at the root of the evil - that NO individual should be treated with such disregard and disrespect...and justice should be served to those who deserve it. I can’t stop reading the articles about this case - and I’m honestly so thankful that this topic is getting so much exposure. I have so many thoughts about the issue - but the one that is at the forefront of my mind is that everyone is deserving of safety and respect.
I believe we can share facebook posts and stories and articles and give our opinion all day long, OR we can step up and join efforts with an organization who fights to give life and protect the safety of our community - especially those in harm’s way.
One way you can do that this summer, is to come to our Summer Soiree on August 5th - where we’ll be raising funds for InterAct and really celebrating what they do! We’ll have a full silent auction with lots of goodies (stay tuned for some sneak peeks!) where 100% of the donations we will hand over to InterAct. In lieu of admission, we ask that you bring these items to donate to the safe home (these things were on their special requests list):
liquid dish soap
For more info and to sign up for InterAct’s Courageous Voices tour - please check out:
Stay tuned to find out which of our favorite vendors will be sponsoring vendors for this wonderful event! and...RSVP TODAY for the Summer Soiree!