Community Baby Shower supports survivors of abusive relationships

The TODAY’S TMJ4 Community Baby Shower supports more than one dozen Milwaukee-area agencies including the Sojourner Family Peace Center.

In 2014, the Sojourner Truth House housed 375 women and children, all survivors of abusive relationships.

“It’s crisis housing so it’s 30 days and then after 30 days we go case-by-case,” said Jennifer Ramirez, associate director of Children and Youth Services at Sojourner Family Peace Center.

Survivors meet in places like the Healing Hallway to encourage one another.

Katie Hugle is a survivor who’s gone through the program with her children. “Nobody judged you. You could say whatever you wanted to,” Hugle said. “By the end of it you understand this is not your fault. And that’s a really good feeling just knowing this is not your fault.”

“When you’re in an abusive relationship it’s kind of like you don’t really feel like you’re alive,” said Hugle. Through regular group sessions both she and her children learned to transform their lives and live again.

“I was at the lowest point of my life ever and now I’m doing great, the kids are doing so good, and you can be you again,” she said.

The Sojourner Family Peace Center thrives on donations like those from the Community Baby Shower. The items are used by the dozens of children in the Sojourner Futures program.

Hugle said she never expected donations such as school bags. “I thought, Oh, backpacks, and then they opened them and I was like, Oh my! Notebooks and pencils and I’m like, Yes! Thank you!”

Ramirez said she and her clients can’t thank donors enough. “It just shows that there are people who are very generous and who care about others.”

The Sojourner Family Peace Center has a 24-hour hotline. The number is 414-933-2722.

You can help the moms and children at Sojourner. Drop off new baby items at the 14th annual TODAY’S TMJ4 Community Baby Shower. Donations can be made at any Sentry store on Friday, January 22, 2016.

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