I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to the women of Mesa Arizona Hermosa Vista Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My Sisters’ Place recently received 60 beautiful handbags filled with an assortment of makeup, jewelry, lotion, perfume and notes filled with love and encouragement for the women in our shelter.

Too often women fleeing domestic violence must escape in a hurry, with only enough time to gather some clothes and few of their children’s favorite toys. Receiving such a lovely gift of encouragement reminds our women that they have value, that people do care, and gives them strength to build an independent life free from abuse for themselves and their children.

My Sisters’ Place has been providing shelter and assistance to women and their children who are fleeing domestic violence since 1985. We are one of only two confidential domestic violence shelters serving the East Valley. We provide a private, comforting environment for safety and recovery. Last year, we provided 8,308 nights of safety for 309 women and children.

Again, on behalf of the shelter and the women we serve, thank you to the women of Hermosa Vista Stake and to the community for their continued support in helping women escape abuse.

Sheryl Christianson

Senior Program Manager, Catholic Charities Community Services

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