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Rebecca Shuflin is one of our past Live Your Dream Awards recipients. She’s a domestic violence survivor, mother of six, social worker, and Master of Social Work (MSW) Candidate. With her expertise and personal experience she helped us create this short video containing Tips for Survivors Seeking A Protective Order (restraining order) in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month!
Rebecca is undoubtedly one of the most hardworking, selfless women we have even met. Her own past hardships and experiences motivated her to pursue a career in social work with a legal perspective:
“I rebuilt my life from scratch. Literally. I had left with just a few backpacks and my beautiful children. I had been a stay at home mom for over ten years when I found myself homeless with no money and several children to raise on my own. After enduring heartache and stress while dealing with the court system, I secured a restraining order and sole custody of my children. I wasn’t able to get my belongings back or any child support but we had each other…
“I find it very empowering to work with homeless families who have endured great hardship. They work hard to pull their lives back together so that they can get back on their feet again. These families represent my own family and what we once went through. Helping these families has helped my own growth process immensely. I feel that I am finally able to give back to the community that once helped me.”
Needless to say, Rebecca is one very busy lady. A master’s program, career in social work, and single motherhood? We don’t know how she does it! Yet when we reached out to her about helping us with a special Domestic Violence Awareness Month project, Rebecca was more than willing to share her experience. She is a true testament to the ripple effect of women helping women!
In the words of one of her past supervisors: “Rebecca will be a true light of hope to all she works with.” Watch the video to see how bright this light shines.
Meet our awesome blogger, Nadia...
Nadia Washlick first joined The Dream Team as a member of Soroptimist’s program department, and now brings that impact focus to creating meaningful action campaigns for our online community. Simply put, she is passionate about helping others. Nadia is our go-to blogging guru, creating a hub of useful information and inspiration for Dreamers, as well as, the women and girls we serve. Nadia also runs a popular healthy living blog, "Body Unburdened" and is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. Her homemade and healthy chocolate is her greatest life achievement to date (yum!).
Tell Congress to provide domestic violence survivors with free or reduced-cost legal aid for protective order proceedings and other related legal matters. Take action today for Domestic Violence Awareness Month!
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