Dwel Cares IILast week, we introduced you to Cameron’s Chocolates, a local cafe that provides skilled, meaningful work for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, crafting some of the most spectacular chocolates and pastries we’ve ever tasted. This week, in Part 2 of our Dwel Cares series, we are sharing another local charitable organization that inspires us.
Bethany House of Northern Virginia (BHNV) is a private, non-profit organization that was created to help women and their children who have suffered from domestic violence regain health and dignity and become re-established in the local community by providing temporary housing and support. Bethany House provides immediate emergency shelter for abused women and their children for up to four months in one of their safe houses in Northern Virginia. In that time, they help the woman address her immediate mental, emotional and physical needs, while providing her and her children a safe space to live.
The BHNV employees, volunteers and partners help each and every woman with a service plan with short and long-term goals to promote self-sufficiency and independence. A life skills program is offered in parenting, nutrition, budgeting, self-care, the legal system, job training, as well as more individualized support. There is individual and group counseling to help process trauma and work through potential issues that may arise during the recovery process. BHNV also supports interventions for both mothers and their children in order to break generational cycles of abuse. They help her get back on her feet, find a new job, and a more permanent place to stay with her children.
The help doesn’t stop once a woman has left a Bethany House shelter. Bethany House offers a two-year after-care program, helping to prevent "revolving door" admissions and enabling more cost-effective rehabilitation. During and after a stay in a BHNV safe house, the women interact with public safety officials, community and religious groups, human service providers and employees and volunteers to create a wide net of support and help.
Bethany House is currently trying to expand its current shelters in order to accommodate more women and their children, as well as trying to build a new shelter to house abused men. Each spring, they host the Garden of Light Event to shine the light on domestic violence. Tickets are still available if you would like to attend this spectacular gala, complete with 3-course dinner, live auction and inspiring stories from domestic abuse survivors.There are many ways to support Bethany House of Northern Virginia in its mission to help abused women and their children break free of domestic violence, which you can read about here. Dwel is proud to partner with Bethany House of Northern Virginia by donating new and gently used household items that are used in the shelters and by the women when they move out and set up their own homes. Dwel is a sponsor of the Garden of Light Event as well. We hope to see you there!