Domestic violence is a human rights issue. We believe that everyone deserves to live in an environment where they feel safe from harm, free from oppression, and empowered to reach their full potential. We provide baskets filled with more than 80 household items to local shelters so families fleeing domestic abuse can rebuild their lives in safety. We also host holiday celebrations and social events that lend a sense of community and support. It is our desire to help women find the inner strength and courage to create new beginnings for themselves and their families.
of the Eastside
is a force for good
in our community.
Learn how Assistance League of the Eastside helps support women make a new start after domestic violence.
2020-21 PROGRAM REVIEW
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
“Thank you so much for the Starting Over Support (SOS) Baskets – they make such a difference in the lives of the families we serve. The SOS Baskets are a lifesaver for the new families moving into our emergency shelter and transitional shelter. They really brighten each family’s first day! Thank you! Thank you! You are wonderful!”
-Kelly Becker, LifeWire Development Director
“The new towels were a real gift. Brushes, toothpaste, planners – all the stuff you don’t think about bringing when you are running for your safety. When you walk into a shelter, you think nobody cares, so it’s great to see a little note saying, “we care, we’re here for you.”
-A grateful survivor
Often women reach a shelter with just the clothes on their backs. It is a welcome sight to see a bed with clean, new bedding and all of the personal care essentials that they need. Everything from new towels, laundry detergent, hair care products, and more help provide a sense of normalcy.
In addition to providing the essentials, Assistance League of the Eastside provides some fun opportunities for the women and their children throughout the year. Moms are treated to flowers and goodies on Mother’s Day. For December’s holiday party, we partner with a local church, who provides a delicious meal. Our volunteers set up games and activity stations. After dinner, children choose a book, and select a gift to give to their mom. (Shhh, it’s a surprise!) Holiday portraits are also taken, which is often the most appreciated gift of all.
COMMUNITY PARTNERS MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Assistance League of the Eastside is proud to partner with several agencies that work to end domestic violence in our community. To help rebuild lives, we provide Starting Over Support baskets to shelters from the following organizations:
Domestic Violence Agencies
Grants are an important source of funding for our programs. We appreciate the grants from the following organizations that have been specifically targeted to support the Starting Over Support program: