Think about your favorite space in your home. Close your eyes and picture it. What comes to mind? What do you envision? Is it a cozy chair, full in the sun and with your favorite book? Is it a dark corner and comfy pillows and a good cup of coffee, snuggling a beloved pet? Is it a chair in your kitchen, surrounded by the warmth of your family?
Now picture this. For many women and children in our community, home isn’t a safe space. There is no bright window, no laughter in the kitchen. Instead, there is pain. There is the place the child hides while their mom is beaten. There are shattered remains of a favorite cup, of a mirror, of a cell phone. There are hidden and quiet tears, desperation of circumstance and hopelessness. There is fear. There is anywhere but Home Sweet Home.
Here are some sobering statistics:
-1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
-Every year, 1 in 3 women who is a victim of homicide is murdered by her current or former partner.
-Every year, more than 3 million children witness domestic violence in their homes.
-Children who live in homes where there is domestic violence also suffer abuse or neglect at high rates (30% to 60%.)
Here in Bellingham, we are fortunate enough to have several outstanding organizations that help combat these heartbreaking statistics, one family at a time, one story at a time. One such organization that we have partnered with in the past is Womencare Shelter.
Womencare’s Mission statement: (From their website at www.womencareshelter.org)
“Womencare Shelter is an empowerment-based organization working to end domestic violence by providing emergency, confidential shelter, 24-hour crisis support services and community education.”
For the month of July, we at the Black Drop would like to invite you to join with us in supporting Womencare’s mission and helping victims of domestic violence in our community.
Introducing the Home Sweet Home latte. Only served in 12 oz size, a healthy dose of molasses and a sprinkling of ginger with two shots of espresso and expertly steamed milk warms your hands and your tummy and brings to mind batches of cookies and the smell of baking, without being overpoweringly sweet. At $4.50 including tax, this drink is the same price as many of our other much beloved creations like the Black Widow and the Just Like Heaven, except this one comes with a community hug. For EACH AND EVERY Home Sweet Home latte we sell during the month of July, The Black Drop will donate $1 to Womencare Shelter. We will also have a donation jar on the counter for you, in case you’d like to donate but molasses ain’t your thang.
Please help us to help women and children right here in our community who are living in the nightmare of not having a space to call Home Sweet Home. Come spend some time with us, buy a drink, help us donate to Women Care, and support this vital community resource.
So much love. We’ll see you at the Drop!