Dear WINGS' Supporters,
We hope you are all doing well and have enjoyed the first couple months of 2013! We can't believe March is already upon us! Great things have been happening here at WINGS and we'd love to share a few of them with you.
Already this year, we have opened and filled a second writing group, creative arts therapy group, and a new women's group in Denver. We are in the process of working with new cities and new agencies to further increase our reach to areas where the need is still great, including working with the Domestic Violence Intitative and DOVE (an advocacy center for abused deaf women, men, and children) on opening a support group specifically for those with disabilities.
We have given awareness raising presentations to three medical/mental health agencies, two college classes, and two empathy classes at the Federal Bureau of Corrections. This coming Monday, March 4th, 2013, our second Speak Out! workshop members will present their powerful testimonies to a wide audience at the Denver Center for Performing Art's Conservatory Theater. This group has worked incredibly hard and will soon be joining our previous workshop members on our Speakers Bureau.
In addition to sharing this list of wonderful things happening with WINGS, I also wanted to share a brief story from one of our members (name has been changed to protect identity) - so that you can hear from one of the people your donations help support -
Richard was sexually victimized by multiple family members throughout his childhood. He spent many of his young adult years struggling with alcoholism, depression, and anxiety. As an older adult, he came to understand his abuse history through individual therapy and later joined a WINGS group in the spring of 2012. He recently shared the following with us, and gave his permission for us to share this with our donors and supporters:
"Our abusers expect and demand that their victims carry forever the guilt and shame that they [the abusers] deserve. WINGS has provided me with an opportunity to end that silence, creating an emotional catharsis from some unjust, hurtful memories and feelings.... It takes real wisdom and courage to respond to life’s hurts and difficulties in wise and healing ways. I truly believe that Wings helps people to develop real psychological and spiritual health. And that empowers us to be the best we can be for ourselves, our families and our communities.”
Your donations and continued support allow WINGS to help brave survivors, like Richard, end the silence and "unjust, hurtful memories and feelings" they have carried for so much of their lives.
We thank you with our deepest gratitude.