Women lack time & energy to secure community services. Overwhelmed by the legal system, protecting themselves & their children, coupled with financial scrambling it’s no wonder 75% of our Homeless are women & children escaping Family Violence. Dream Bigger develops a personalized long-term stability plan & commits fully to see it through.
On average, women return to violent homes 7 times due to lack of finances & housing. Shelters often provide 2-3 nights, but what happens after temporary housing ends? The Dream Bigger Safe Home Project provides budget coaching, housing application support, negotiation with property owners & landlords, assistance gathering furniture & household supplies and hands-on moving help.
Educational goals are interrupted leaving victims unable to provide for themselves and their children. Walking through the Scholarship & Career search & application process with Dream Bigger Advocates leads to long-term self-sufficiency.
Most women don’t have finances for Legal Assistance. Dream Bigger networks with Family Violence Attorneys providing legal advocacy, administrative assistance, paralegal assistance & court support, decreasing attorney hours, thus reducing legal fees.
Statistics tell us that after separation her chance of death will increase by 75%.
Dream Bigger helps with creative solutions for parental visitation exchanges, retrieval of personal belongings, limiting the abusive partner’s access to her. Her trauma is similar to Hostage Victims experiences in the form of ongoing Terrorism, Stalking & Financial Identity Theft. The less exposure she has to him the better her healing process. The Dream Bigger Network is a community with experience & skill in tackling the maze of complications & is committed to walking with her through to long term success. This support is so strong that most later become advocates themselves.
Adopt a Family for Christmas
Family violence rarely looks like we’d expect. Many women & children escaping violent homes don’t fit the mold of public services, haven’t sought rooms at shelters – you can’t tell by outward appearance.
They are our neighbors, classmates, friends, co-workers & family. These moms want to feel normal again, to Shop, Wrap Gifts, Bake Christmas Cookies, Traditional Holiday Meals, Buy & Decorate a Tree. Please help us gather GIFT CARDS for them. It's a discreet & practical way to say “you are not alone”!
Generous community members sometimes ask if they can shop for & donate a gift in kind to the families we serve. We have found it to be a much more encouraging & uplifting support to give actual pre-paid Gift Cards so women can shop for their children, after all they know them best! It also gives her a chance to "feel normal" during a difficult time.
Please help us provide GIFT CARDS for women who want to provide a normal Christmas Season for their children during this upheaval to their home situation. GIFT CARDS from Fred Meyer, Haggen, Labels, Costco, Wee Ones, Amazon, etc., can be mailed to: Dream Bigger, 2221 G St, Bellingham, Wa 98225. Thank you for your support!