Over the past few years, the Cleveland Engine Plant WIM chapter has provided professional development and a network of support amongst women in the plant. In recent meetings, the group decided to plan an event that would give back to our community by supporting and lifting the spirits of women and children living at Laura’s Home. The home offers a bridge from crisis to stability and self-sufficiency. With 166 beds and 55 rooms, Laura’s Home offers specialized, wraparound services designed to empower families and individuals to live healthy lives.
Cleveland Engine Plant men and women supported the cause by attending the “AXE” out domestic violence event held at Cleveland Axe Throwing. The group had fun playing various axe throwing games symbolizing the need to end domestic violence. Dave Young, Cost Analyst Supervisor, won the overall individual event and was marked with the coveted “Lumber Lord” stamp. All of the attendees donated personal items for the residents of Laura’s Home.
Additionally, the collection for Laura’s Home expanded throughout plant. The chapter raised two hundred and twenty dollars used to purchase forty RTA bus passes. Bus passes are one of the greatest needs as they get women to interviews, jobs, and appointments. The team also filled the back of a Ford Edge with various personal items including pillows, bed sheets, shampoos, toothpastes, toothbrushes, and razors.
A few members of the WIM team were fortunate to meet women residing at the home and tour the facility. There are about 40 women and close to 50-60 children living in the home. In seven years, there has not been an empty bed. The mission of Laura’s Home is “providing help and hope to all people through the transforming power of God's love.” The privately funded home accepts and appreciates all donations year-round.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), one in three women have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines receive 21,000 calls, approximately 15 calls every minute. If you or someone you know needs help: call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) .