From our Executive Director
What is your "why?" I've been thinking a lot about this question. Why am I at South Valley Services? Why am I committed to stopping violence? Why do I want others to join me in this commitment?
Previously, I've mentioned that I started at SVS as a volunteer. At the time, I wanted to help people in my community. I didn’t have a personal experience with violence, and I didn’t have a degree that prepared me to work with survivors. But I wanted to understand better all the ways that I could make a difference.
I started my journey by volunteering and received training through the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition. The education I received helped me feel more comfortable when providing support to families living at the shelter.
When SVS hired me, it was to raise funds on behalf of the organization. I quickly realized that the agency needed money to grow its staff and services to keep up with demand. During my time at SVS, the agency has grown from 20 to a team of 41 employees!
It has been an honor to watch the organization grow and evolve to deliver services to survivors. The support SVS continues to receive from the community has a direct impact on the lives of our clients.
So back to my original question. What is your "why?" Why are you reading this newsletter? Why do you want to help SVS?
I've told you my story, and I hope you will share yours. Domestic violence thrives in silence, so consider sharing your "why" with family and friends. I hope the story of my journey and passion for SVS motivates you to join us and help end domestic and sexual violence.