Hope Shines During Domestic Violence Month
The Wellspring's upcoming event Hope in the Light of Day is Northeast Louisiana's kickoff for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The Wellspring's marketing and communications coordinator, Rachel Niblett sums up the mission of the Wellspring in Northeast Louisiana as, "to strengthen and value individuals and families through professional services and community leadership with leadership and integrity." They intend to follow this mission through Hope in the Light of Day along with other events coming up throughout the month of October. Hope in the Light of Day will take place October 6th at 10 A.M. at the Downtown River Market. This event will feature a guest speaker who is a domestic violence survivor along with local high school football players and cheerleaders. Chief Homes and Jennifer Johnson will also speak on statistics and potential warning signs.
The momentum of this event will push on throughout the month with weekly events. October 11th there will be a balloon release in honor of victims of domestic violence who have lost their lives, October 20th there will be a domestic violence vigil at Bree Park, and October 27th there will be an event called Damaged but not Destroyed where domestic violence survivors will perform poetry and spoken word.
Louisiana is currently the second in the nation for female homicides related to domestic violence, and the Wellspring Alliance understands that this means there is a lot of work still to be done.
The Wellspring encourages walk-ins and is located at 1515 Jackson Street in Monroe. They also have a 24 hour crisis hotline (318-323-1505) for anyone in a potentially dangerous situation. More information on this event and other information about the Wellspring can be found here.