I’ve been thinking today about areas that I can become involved in – in the community, to effect a change in peoples lives.
God has been convicting me in this area a lot lately. So, I have been researching organizations to personally invest in, as well as bringing together others who are like-minded in their desire to do more…
So, tonight I began reading some statistics about things like homelessness and domestic violence – just in the central Florida area, to start. Some things…no, all of what I read broke my heart and challenged me.
*Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 14 and 44 in the United States.
*On average, more than three women are murdered by their husband or boyfriend, in the United States, every day.
*In 2000, a woman in America was in greater danger of being physically harmed or killed by her partner/former partner than by a stranger or acquaintance.
*The home remains the most dangerous place in the world for the American woman.
*There are nearly three times as many animal shelters in the U.S. as there are shelters for battered women and their children.
For more information or to find out ways to help, go to the Harbor House website here.
The plight of the homeless in Florida is just as chilling. For more on how to help the homeless, go to The Coalition for the Homeless website here.
I will be researching and discussing proactive plans for helping meet needs in the Central Florida area and beyond, in the coming months.
Until then, if you see a need, lend a hand…
Don’t walk by!
“What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.”– Saint Augustine