Why do we do what we do?

Published 9:28 pm Tuesday, October 9, 2012

To the Editor:
Why do we do what we do, and how do we know our work is not in vain?  My colleagues at Steps to HOPE and I oftentimes ask ourselves this very question.
We do what we do because we see the tragedy of domestic violence on a daily basis. We listen to victims and try to help them gain understanding, stability and peace through the services that we offer them. And, we know our work is not in vain because, from time to time, a survivor will write one of us a note that makes our efforts all worthwhile.
Such is the following I received recently:
“I wish I could give you something or do something special for you for being there for my children and myself. The fact that (all of you) care so tremendously about us and show so much love and respect makes me feel good about myself and gives me such an awesome self-esteem boost each day. [You are] my role model that I’ve never had; [you are] genuine, dependable and honest at all times.… I want you to know that for the rest of my life, I will always remember my experience here with you and these superwomen as a motivating, positive and empowering time in my life that is now a little happier and less stressful. I will continue to pray for each and every one of you. God bless!”
This is our motivation and our reward.
– Rachel Ramsey,
Steps to HOPE

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