Both of my kids make me an extraordinarily proud mommy every day. My son has a career he's thriving at, and is married to a woman who is not only perfect for him and incredibly smart, she also did a super awesome job designing my blog page!! (Thank you Erin!)
Since today is National Domestic Violence Awareness Day, this post is actually going to talk about my daughter's somewhat unusual but uber rewarding job. She works at a non-profit agency called the Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services (ADWAS.) When ADWAS was first founded in 1986, it was the only agency of it's kind in the United States. They're also the first transitional housing building that was built with the technologies to cater to the needs of Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Emily has been with the agency for over four years and it's been the most difficult, stressful, amazing, rewarding career she could have ever possibly imagined. (although her second job as a Zumba Instructor has turned out to be pretty awesome too!)
Recently, they had their annual fundraising auction. I was super honored when she asked me to donate something scrapbook related for their auction! I made a basket with all sorts of scrappy goodness and a few handmade cards and matching envelopes. The basket was valued at $175. I totally forgot to take pictures of it before it was all wrapped up or left the house, but I asked Emily to snap a few before it left her office and went off to the auction. She used a crappy camera, so the quality isn't the greatest, but here's what it looked like all wrapped up...
Trust me, there was A LOT of stuff in there!!
If you're curious and would like more information about ADWAS, you can visit their website at http://www.adwas.org/ . If you or someone you know has questions about domestic violence, or needs emergency assistance, you can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline 24 hours a day at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).