The Epsilon chapter of Sigma Sigma Rho Sorority, Inc. presents our Annual Heel the Soul Walk – A one-mile walk in heels to heal the souls of victims of domestic violence globally. In the United States, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. Many people forget the presence of Domestic Violence in our community today.
Every year, our sisters put on this walk in efforts to create awareness about the abuse that happens in our community every day along with showing support to all the victims that have ever felt this tragedy in their homes. We hope that one day, we can create enough awareness that it will cease to exist. Join us, in our fight to Stop the Silence, and END THE VIOLENCE.
Find out more about our walk this year, and the organizations we sponsor!
We encourage participants of the walk to wear heels to show support for victim of abuse but it is not necessary*
This year, we are very proud to put on a masquerade-like theme to promote unmasking the truth about domestic violence.
Our Sisters here at Sigma Sigma Rho Inc. hope that this will open many eyes as to the variety of different types of domestic abuse that exist in our society. Being a victim of abuse does not just stop with women – domestic violence refers to any sort of abuse (whether that be physical or mental) to men, children, and women in a home setting.
We are very proud to say the first annual Heel the Soul raised over $1,500 for Project Safe in 2016. With your active participation and the great help of our community, we hope to raise even more this year! Our exclusive event caters to the population of domestically abused individuals within the Athens/Winder community. The “Heel the Soul Walk” is a unique event that is open to the public. Participants are encouraged to complete the walk in high heels, which symbolizes the painful shoes an abused victim walks in each day of their life. Our walk includes a variety of activities besides the walk itself including Pie a Sister and a Talent Show- ALL profits will benefit Project Safe and Peace Place, Inc.
Where: Herty Field
Date: April 1st, 2017
Time: 10 AM – 2 PM
Registration begins at 9:30AM and the walk will start at 10:00AM sharp!
*We encourage participants of the walk to wear heels to show support for victim of abuse but it is not necessary
Project Safe is a 501c3 non profit organization working to end domestic violence through prevention and educational programs, crisis intervention, ongoing supportive services for survivors of domestic violence and their children, and advocacy/systems change work in our community. Founded in Athens, GA first as a network of safe houses, and later as a confidentiality located emergency shelter and hotline, Project Safe has expanded over the years to better meet the needs of those seeking to put the pain and horror of abuse behind them. Today, our services range from short term crisis counseling on the hotline to long term support through our Follow Up and Transitional Housing programs. Although the majority of our clients come from Athens and the surrounding area, we’re a routing point for national hotline and assist women and children from across Georgia and out of state.
Our approach to the fight against domestic violence combines energy of the heart with a commitment to evaluation and attention to operational efficiency. 90 cents of every dollar contributed to Project Safe goes to programs and services directly benefiting battered women and children. We keep overhead costs low by utilizing volunteers and student interns, seeking in-kind donations of goods and services rather than purchasing them, and sharing tasks such as answering the telephone instead of employing an office manager or administrator.
Peace Place brings together advocates, donors, volunteers, community partners, allied organizations and supportive individuals who are committed to ending domestic violence. Guided by the voices of survivors, they work to create safe communities in surrounding counties through the provision of safe shelter and supportive services for victims and survivors of domestic violence. Peace Place was created as a safe shelter to assist battered women and their children as they rebuild their lives, independently and free of abuse. Their services are confidential and free. Their philosophy is simple – break the cycle of domestic violence. Peace Place opened its door to women and children survivors of domestic violence in June of 2000, since then, it has provided safe shelter for over 1,800 women and children. Throughout the years following the establishment of Peace Place, the programs and services have continued to multiply. In 2007, Peace Place was able to expand its housing program to not only include an emergency shelter, but also to include transitional housing. Through an amazing donation by the Burgamy family of two houses, Peace Place was able to offer one house to a family and the second house to be shared between three women.Additionally, Peace Place undertook a huge project to create a transitional house apartment unit offering apartments to four women/ families. Through the transitional program, Peace Place is able to offer safe housing, at a reduced rent, to women for one year. Peace Place also offers an array of services beyond housing, including individual empowerment counseling sessions, support groups, case management, outreach advocacy, legal advocacy, financial assistance, and more.For any further information please refer to their website at http://www.peaceplaceinc.org/.
We’d like to thank our sponsors for their donations and support! We greatly appreciate their help in our efforts to raise awareness about domestic violence!
Join us in a one-mile walk in heels to symbolize walking in the shoes of victims that have experienced domestic violence. The walk will be followed by a variety of activities including Pie a Sister, Tug of War, Sponge Relay, etc. All proceeds benefit Project Safe and Peace Place, Inc.
*We encourage participants of the walk to wear heels to show support for victims of abuse
Donations to the cause are year round and always welcome!
Thank you and as always