#TIMESUP: IMPOVERISHED WOMEN AND CHILDREN NEED SHELTER
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Tell our government officials – more funding for emergency shelter and supportive services for women and children is needed!
Violence is a leading cause of homelessness for women. Women young and old, who are homeless and alone, survive by being invisible. Staying awake through the night out of fear, they sleep on buses and in airports, hospitals, abandoned buildings, backyards and alleyways in a desperate attempt to find shelter each night without being detected. They are forced to bathe in public restrooms and eat from garbage cans to go unnoticed. But of course, they cannot hide forever, especially from predators.
Physically vulnerable, women and youth without a place to stay are at heightened risk of sexual assault, human trafficking and violence in its many forms. All too often, impoverished women and their children are forced to remain in abusive relationships, because they lack a safe place to go.
Tonight, hundreds of women and children in our community need supportive emergency shelter and supports to take back their lives. And yet, Lotus House, one of the largest shelters in the country for women and children, is forced to leave more than 150 beds empty tonight, because we lack sufficient funding.
Please sign the petition to urge our government officials to provide more funding for life saving supportive shelter at Lotus House!
Lotus House currently shelters 400 women and children nightly in our new home, Lotus Village, with additional capacity to shelter up to 550. 95% of the women we shelter report histories of violence, many starting with victimization as children. This includes the following harrowing statistics:
*72% of our mothers report a history of domestic violence, sexual assault or violent crime.
*67% of mothers report being sexually molested, abused or neglected in their childhoods – because violence against women is intergenerational.
Shelters must be trauma-informed and address the unique needs of women and their children who have survived violence in order to break the cycle. This requires the supports that Lotus House provides: intensive child and family therapies, access to physical, medical, dental, and mental health care, educational assistance, job readiness training, child care, even arts and activities, so women and children can heal and rebuild their lives.
Without money to help fund these beds and supportive services, women and children will be forced to continue to survive by being invisible, suffering violence, abuse, hunger, mental health issues and continued homelessness.
Please sign this petition and let our government officials know it is time to step forward, show they care by providing more funding for this important resource for women and children who are victims of violence.
(Donations to Sundari Foundation, Inc. dba Lotus House are deductible to the full extent allowable under IRC 501c3 (Lotus House tax id # 81-0652266). A copy of the official registration and financial information (Lotus House #CH17660) filed with the State of Florida may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll free 800-436-7352 within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state.)
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