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The most wonderful time of the year….but not for all

Christmas and New Year’s are a time of joy for many people but can be very difficult for those living in fear of violence or abuse in their own homes. If you are a victim, or if you suspect you know a victim – help is available. Domestic violence is not a private matter and everyone needs to be involved in helping victims.The work carried out by all the support services for women in danger of domestic violence is of vital importance.

The recession of 2007-2010 has left individuals, organizations, and communities reeling. The impact on individual supporters, foundation and government funders, staff, the organization, and the community in need that we serve has been undeniable. At A Woman’s Place (AWP) we sincerely hope that you are coming through these times in tact and thank you – for making a contribution to and your ongoing support of AWP, supporting immediate recovery as well as the long-term investment in ending domestic abuse and violence and making our community safer.
On Christmas Eve of 1976, a woman and her two children found themselves on the doorstep of a Sellersville storefront seeking protection from the cold and from their abuser.This family became the first residents of AWP’s shelter.

Since that evening, AWP, the only domestic violence organization in Bucks County, has continued to consistently deliver free, private, and confidential services and prevention education programs to individual victims of domestic and dating abuse and violence, their children, their families, and the community.

Domestic abuse and violence do not take a break for an economic recession. Ending violence demands a long-term investment. As the economic crisis hit, AWP, like other organizations, immediately began responding to and supporting those being most severely affected. Although the economic crisis was impacting the ability of individual and organizational funders to give, the demand for services was steadily increasing as stress increased domestic violence in the community. In 2009, AWP experienced an 11 percent increase in new victims served over the prior year. In 2010, that number increased by an additional 13 percent to a total of 3,971 new victims served and over 4,100 victims, children, and family members receiving direct victim services. AWP is committed to meeting the need, which in the past few years has often meant doing a lot more work with less money, less training, less infrastructure, and less staffing. AWP has committed to ending domestic and dating abuse and violence and building a community in which all women, men, and children are safe in their relationships – in any economy. This is not possible without the help and support of you. With your donation of $25, $50, or more, you can contribute to making it possible for AWP to meet the growing needs of the community in spite of the economy. It is as easy as clicking here.

At AWP we have followed a philosophy of saving resources in the years when there were resources that could be saved. We have followed a philosophy of monitoring the diversification of our funding sources with the intention of minimizing the negative impact of recessions much like the one we have all recently experienced. We take seriously the responsibility of ensuring that we merit the respect and trust of you, our generous donor, so that you can have full confidence in the investment you have made.

Now is the time for us to engage ourselves and to engage you – one of our major stakeholders – in creating an even stronger and more sustainable AWP. We have been confronted by political, environmental, and economic challenges and stayed the course. We have faced those challenges and come through stronger. We have listened to the victims that we serve, the students that we educate, and the funders that support us and we know that the only domestic violence organization in Bucks County is a resource that the community needs. The call to action, for you and I, is to commit to immediate recovery as well as long-term investment that will keep our position solid into the future.

Your contribution to AWP is a response to that call. It is an opportunity to continue engaging in building a safer community. It is an opportunity for immediate recovery. It is a long-term investment in a sustainable movement to end domestic and dating abuse and violence.

I have been profoundly moved by the commitment and perseverance that has brought AWP through challenging economic times. And I remain acutely aware of the diligence and vigilance that is required to remain secure and responsive. I thank you, for standing with AWP and the community in need and for your contribution to support immediate recovery and long-term investment. Your contribution today is a response to both the call for a stronger and more sustainable AWP and the belief that everyone has the right to feel safe.

I wish you and yours a very joyous and safe holiday season.

With deepest gratitude,

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