Community-Supported Program Aids Moms in Crisis on Mother’s Day
Published : Wednesday, May 17, 2017 | 10:35 AM
On the second Sunday in May, moms across the country are deservedly showered with attention on Mother’s Day. Unfortunately, while most moms are being treated to breakfast in bed or flower deliveries, tens of thousands of women spend their Mother’s Day living in shelters due to homelessness or domestic violence.
Heartbreaking statistics from the Domestic Violence Resource Center state that one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, and an estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year. According to a national study from the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, approximately 25 percent of homeless women are homeless because of violence in the home.
As a way to show love and appreciation to mothers this Mother’s Day, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Pasadena recently hosted its Movers for Moms® collection drive to provide critical gifts to local women staying in community shelters this spring.
This year, the Pasadena moving company worked with local businesses such as Embassy Suites by Hilton Arcadia – Pasadena area to collect essential and comfort items. More than 1500 donations were collected and delivered to Elizabeth House.
Elizabeth House exists to provide shelter, hope and support to homeless pregnant women and their children by addressing their physical, emotional, spiritual, and economic needs in a nurturing atmosphere. They are committed to ending the cycle of homelessness and abuse in women and children through comprehensive case management, counseling, educational classes, prenatal care, and resources throughout pregnancy and beyond.
This spring marked the 10th anniversary of Movers for Moms®. Since its introduction, the program has expanded nationally to all 39 states and more than 300 franchises. Last year was the program’s most successful year to-date, with more than 285,000 items collected for donation to hundreds of shelters across the country. This year, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s goal was to collect 350,000 items for moms in need across the country.