A VICTORIOUS STORY
At no point in my life did I ever think that I would have ever needed to live in a
“shelter”. Or did I think that it would be a Domestic Violence Shelter. However, on
January 18, 2008, I entered Hope House with a four-month old puppy named Daz. I
was a victim of domestic abuse. I had lost myself. I had no identity. I had low self-
esteem and was in a deep depression. I blamed myself and was overcome by guilt
for what was happening to me. I was verbally, emotionally and sexually abused. I
was helpless and at times I felt hopeless. I didn’t know where to turn or who to talk
to. I tried to talk to some of my peers but the judgment that I received from them
was unbelievable. Was I doing something to deserve being treated this way? Was
there something that I could change to cause my abuser to stop? The answer is
No! Of course not, but it took some time for me to realize that.
I am so thankful that God showed up when He did. He allowed me to cross paths
with a staff member of Hope House at just the right time! Hope House was my safe
haven. I was allowed to talk openly about my feelings and what I was going
through. Life Hurts and God Heals also allowed me to get all my past hurts out in
the open so that I could begin the healing process. I was on an emotional roller
coaster and at Hope House I didn’t feel judged for what I was feeling or doing. I
was encouraged daily. I felt at home in a place that I hadn’t known before. The
presence of love was all around. Hope House provided a loving environment for me
to begin the transformation into the woman I am today. I can hold my head up. I
am more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus!
I know that any woman that comes into Hope House will leave with a sense of self-
worth and empowerment to be all that they are called to be. I want to thank
everyone at Hope House, for all they have done for me. I am a changed woman!
Glory be to God! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. May women every
where know that Hope House is truly a safe place, full of love, hope and
There is HOPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This letter is written in support of Hope House Inc, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit
community agency. Through the guidance of the President and CEO, Hope House
Inc. has been successful in creating a safe place of love, healing, and empowerment
for Thornton families and their domestic pets.
I have been fortunate enough to have worked with Hope House Inc. in a few
different capacities. In February 2009 Hope House Inc. was invited to become a
recipient of the City of Thornton’s annual giving campaign during Random Acts of
Kindness Week. We called on the Thornton community to provide donations of
baby products, blankets, hygiene items, office supplies, and animal products and are
proud to report we collected 1,412 items. Angela was ecstatic when informed of the
results of our campaign and she happily collected and distributed items to residents,
brightening their day.
In May 2008 we requested the participation of Hope House Inc. in our Community
Health Tent, a resource tent featured at Thornton’s annual Thorntonfest celebration.
The Hope House staff arrived to our tent early and stayed late to be sure they were
able to captivate as many of our 40,000 Thorntonfest attendees as possible. Their
warmth and energy kept people migrating toward their booth throughout the day.
The president and her staff are passionate about the work with Hope House and I am
confident in their leadership and ability to continually inspire and empower staff,
volunteers, and those involved in Hope House programming.
I fully support the efforts of Hope House Inc. and am thankful we have Hope House
in our community as I am certain this agency is committed to the advancement of
our community through networking and collaboration, education, and most of all,
Community Services Coordinator
City of Thornton
2211 Eppinger Boulevard
Thornton, Colorado 80229
I’m a victim of domestic violence. I start the Life Hurts God Heals class at Arising
Hope Women Shelter. At the beginning I was confuse and stress about what I am
going to do with my life and how I’ll live without my husband (my soul mate), He
was very abusive and I didn’t realize that because my father abused my mother and
then I thought it was OK the man can hit women but when the abuse get worse and
it cost me emotion and physical damage I decide to leave him and start my new life
but I have immigration pending case and don’t have my social security number to
work and how am I suppose to pay the house rent and get a job. I was stressed and
my life was sucks, very bad!!! I start that classes and I didn’t believe in it because it
was for different religion and I have different beliefs; however I start taking the
classes with not believing it because it was mandatory and if I don’t take it I can’t
stay here in the shelter and I needed safe place to stay to protect myself because I
don’t want to be like a sex toy to anybody. The first and second week I didn’t like it
at all because I was hurt deeply inside me because of my man who I came for
10,000 miles to be with , the man who promise me the princesses life will abuse and
beat me up all the time plus cheating and names calling. Then I start doing my
homework and the third week I start writing what the most hurtful thing that I have
been going through, I start feeling relief from the pain I have through that classes
and my homework, then I learned that God didn’t want me to be in that bad
relationship and that God wants the best for me. I love it and then I love all the girls
who are staying here and I am glad that I have taking that class because it’s helped
my situation and help me out to heal and to start looking for my new life.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Aurora, CO 80014
Zeta Pi Chapter
Membership committee: March 2, 2009
It is my privilege to write this letter of reference on behalf of the Hope House. I
have been a volunteer for the organization since the summer of 2008 and through my
experience I have gained a wealth and knowledge and understanding of its mission
and goals. The Hope House provides an outlet to all people in the community as well
as a foundation of support for those impacted by domestic violence.
I have also witnessed the greatness of this organization through several facets one of
which being multiple collaborations with Hope House and my sorority Delta Sigma
Theta Sorority, Inc., the Zeta Pi chapter. This past October the Hope House
received the very distinguished honor as the recipient of our Annual Mile High Step
Show Charity award. This award is only given to two non-profit organizations per
year. The Hope House was selected from a group of fifteen praiseworthy
organizations based on its mission and drive to impact the conditions of individual
affected by domestic violence. Amongst the group, the Hope House stood out
capturing our attention and our desire to contribute financially to the impact the
organization has made on the community.
The Hope House has also graciously donated its services to my organization by
conducting workshops about domestic violence to the various campus communities
that we service. It has been an honor and true delight to work with the Hope
House. The Zeta Pi chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. plans to continue to
collaborate with the Hope House by hosting joint community events, and volunteer
opportunities. We support the stance that the Hope House has taken against the
mistreatment of others. As an organization is has been a wonderful experience to
align our programs with the efforts of the Hope House.
It is beautiful to see that one woman’s passion for helping others has transcended
into the establishment of such a wonderful and uplifting organization. It is my
pleasure to write this letter of reference on behalf of the Hope House for membership
through the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
With pleasure yours truly,
Zeta Pi Representative
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
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