When most people think of domestic violence they generally think of black eyes, concussions, broken arms and more. They think of a man and a woman physically fighting with the children crying. This falsehood tends to make all of us think that we don’t know anyone who is being abused, but we do. There is emotional abuse. Remember when our mother would tell us that “words hurt”. They do, and so many victims (usually women) are victims of a verbal and emotional domestic abuse, not physical abuse. Most victims think there is no one out there to help them, but there are a number of places that are available
Even as the victims seek assistance, they seek a way for a fulfilled life after leaving the abuser. They are looking for a ladder to help them climb out of a life that has left them with little or no job skills to support themselves and sometimes their children. They are looking for the The Laddder Alliance.
The Ladder Alliance provides women domestic violence victims or low-income women with employment skills that will enable them to be self-reliant, independent and to lead successful lives. They are enrolled in classes that are taught by professional educators and business people. Their classes cover computer, professional and life skills that include Excel, professional writing and customer service.
This program offers a full size clothing boutique with new and gently used professional clothing that are “purchased” by the students not with money, but earned professional rewards (being on time, assignments, etc.). There is also childcare assistance and even homework assistance for the children if needed.
The Ladder Alliance offers several programs. They offer basic computer skills training and professional office skills training. The cost for this is $20 or less covering all course material.
To find out more about any of the programs, the sites where classes are available and any other questions, call 817.834.2100 or go to Ladder Alliance. There are several volunteer opportunities available.
Remember “thisisyourbestyear”–climb your ladder to success, then extend a hand to help someone else.