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Gina Helm

It’s not too late to support the Women’s Resource Center!

Dear Friends,

I am writing today as a fellow supporter of the work of the Women’s Resource Center. I am proud to be a former board member and current member of the Development Committee. I was asked to join the Development Committee in 2015. I had a co-worker and dear friend at the time that was escaping an abusive relationship. She filed a restraining order and had to appear at the Newport Courthouse. She was not versed in the legal proceedings necessary to file a restraining order and thought it would be an easy process. She discovered that it was more difficult than she anticipated; it was very difficult to navigate legal proceedings when you are under emotional distress. Luckily, there was a court advocate that day from Women’s Resource Center that was there to assist her. She told me that if it wasn’t for the Women’s Resource Center, she wouldn’t have been able to get through it all! We were both extremely grateful for the Women’s Resource Center that day. My friend is now happily married in a healthy relationship and remains an active supporter of the WRC. And, I will continue to remain an active supporter for as long as I can.

I think of all the people that are faced with abuse and the enormity of the emotional stress that it causes. I think of how difficult it must be to work and survive when you are in an abuse relationship. I think of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and how he puts our most basic needs, which are deemed the most important, at the bottom of the pyramid. Our most basic physiological needs include breathing, food, water, shelter, clothing, and sleep. He puts safety and security in the next most important of human needs. I would venture to say that many of our neighbors that have experienced domestic violence would disagree with Maslow. Without safety and security, it is difficult to breath, it is difficult to eat and it is difficult to sleep. All of our neighbors deserve to feel safe and secure.

Each year, the Women’s Resource Center serves 1,200 of our neighbors who are experiencing abuse. The WRC simply couldn’t do that without the support of our community. I hope that you will stand with us today, and throughout the year, to ensure that our doors are open when we are needed most.

One in three women in Rhode Island experience domestic violence in their lifetime. We each know someone impacted by domestic violence. We each know a survivor. Your gift today will help the WRC continue to provide free and confidential services to our neighbors seeking a future free from violence. Please join me in helping to support a very worthwhile cause. If you’ve yet to give to our annual appeal, please donate today!


Gina Helm

Development Committee 

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