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Our volunteers are a special part of the WCSC family. They commit their time, talents and patience to help those in need, spread messages of hope wherever they go on our behalf.  Below is an excerpt from the letter we received from the son of one of our “angels” who passed away:

The Women’s Coalition [of St. Croix] was very near and dear to her heart and she spoke of the organization often. She would come to our house and ask the kids if they played with this toy or watched this movie and if the answer was no, then it ended up in a box and was sent to Stx….You have a great organization and help many people on the island. Please keep up the great work helping those in need.

Many of those who are victimized come to us with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Some are in imminent danger and do not know where to go for help. WCSC is there to provide a safe haven without judgement and to encourage hope for a safer, better life in every situation.

I am alive today because of the Women’s Coalition of St. Croix! They have helped me through an exceptionally bad time in my life, providing the support that I needed to break free of a deadly relationship. Real love means healthy, kind relationships!

–Survivor

We are there to help when tragedy strikes in the workplace. Our crisis counselors provide support and assistance to employees at our crisis center or on-site when necessary.

On behalf of the Staff and Judges of the Superior Court, I express heartfelt gratitude to the Women’s Coalition for counseling services provided to our employees during the bereavement of our beloved
Deputy Marshal Ronald Rogers. We truly appreciate you rearranging your schedule to assist our establishment in its darkest hour; your presence, kind words, warm embraces and listening ear offered comfort to ease [the] burden of our loss.

Once again I extend my deepest appreciation for your overwhelming support during our time of sorrow as well as throughout the years.
Darryl Dean Donohue, Sr., Presiding Judge
Superior Court of the Virgin Islands, Division of St. Croix

Volunteers share their time, effort and expertise to help WCSC in many ways from victim advocacy to registering participants at events. They are partners in our mission to end violence; some of them live here, others visit and fall in love with St. Croix. All of them believe in the value of what we do and are willing to invest in the cause of making our community a better place for everyone.

I would first like to say thank you to WCSC for allowing me the honor of working with all of you. I’ve been on island for just over a week and it has been life-changing. The natural beauty of the island is indescribable, the people and the land.

I thank you for all the kindness you have shown and for teaching me how a simple “Good Morning” can generate a bright smile and warm attitude. As a minority in your community, you have taught me a greater meaning for acceptance and humbleness. It is a great honor to be able to give back to your community and I thank you.

–JoAnna Giraud, Volunteer
Winona State University, Minnesota

Survivors in the secondary stages of healing attend support groups facilitated by WCSC counselors once a week.  Call our main office at (340)773-9272 for more information.

Never Would Have Made It
God certainly never promised us days without rain or days without trials and perplexities. There’s no doubt in my mind that I’ve had more than my share of both. I am a strong believer that the storms in my life, or in some cases the tornadoes, have [made] me so very humble and grateful for where I find myself today. Group has been a blessing to me. In group I have learned to love myself, I have learned to forgive, I have learned not to let the past control my future. I have also learned that the past should not be a place where I live, but something from which I learn. My motto is “moving forward climbing upwards.”

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I suffered abuse before I became involved in an abusive marriage. I was married for 15 years and I suffered in silence. I was ashamed for staying in the marriage. I had nowhere to go and relied on my husband financially. I suffered emotional, physical, sexual and financial abuse during my marriage. Friends and family thought he was a good husband and a good provider. He put on an act in front of people. No one knew the abuse my children and I were suffering behind closed doors.

I was isolated from the outside world and was afraid to ask for help. The system in the States isn’t much help or protection for victims of domestic violence until the abuser has tried to kill you. I wasn’t going to wait for that to happen to me or my children. I ran away with my three children to St. Croix, USVI. I couldn’t have done it on my own, I had help. I was referred to WCSC by an adviser for New York (Kings County) Family Court. I met with Ms. Lewis, she introduced me to the support group.

This support group has changed my life tremendously. I’ve been in group for three years now and there were times I thought I didn’t need group anymore. I thought I was strong and that I was okay. But I hadn’t done any self-work. I was still wounded and vulnerable and angry! Coming to group gave me a safe haven to vent my hurt, anger, concerns and goals. Group has helped me do that self-work that is needed to rebuild my self-esteem. Abuse caused me to lose myself completely; my self-esteem was shattered. Group has helped me to define myself, forgive myself, understand myself and accept me as I am. I am learning to love me. I have also formed a bond with my sisters in group. The support group provides a nurturing environment that teaches you to trust your instincts and you learn what to look out for so you don’t continue to make wrong choices. When individuals learn to love themselves, they are least likely to find themselves in an abusive relationship of any kind.

I am thankful for WCSC; these people are like angels here on earth. Because of WCSC, I have an opportunity to break the cycle of abuse and move on with my life. I am no longer a victim. I am a survivor. I want to encourage others who are being abused, to speak up. Don’t be ashamed. Don’t worry about what people will say and what they will think. You are important! This is your life. Speak up and save yourself and you might also save someone else. You’re not the only one! There is help. All you have to do is ask for it.

–Survivor

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It’s like I’ve been guided from the edge of the cliff back into the safety of an oasis. Before being introduced to the Women’s Coalition of St. Croix I suffered from low self-esteem, depression, anxiety attacks, panic attacks and suicidal thoughts. The traumatic experience of childhood sexual molestation, being raped at 18, and feeling trapped in mentally, emotionally, physically, financially and verbally abusive relationships left me not wanting to live. But all that has changed since coming to WCSC.

At first I felt that WCSC wouldn’t have anything to offer me and felt ashamed to even consider going there. But I’m here to say this it was the best decision I ever made in reclaiming my life! The Domestic Violence Support Group isn’t about being a victim, it’s about a group of women embracing each other through difficulty and pain and rising above it to a place of healing and self-discovery. Through this group I have found the strength to heal and overcome the darkness of my past. I’ve learned self-love and have gained a sisterhood of women that have added value to my life. WCSC and the Domestic Violence Support Group is a safe haven for women from all walks of life to come and start the healing process from wounds both visible and unseen. With the aid and support of the counselors and support groups of the WCSC, I am now a strong, healthier person who realizes her beauty both inside and out!

–Survivor



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P.O. Box 222734
Christiansted, VI 00822-2734

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