Member Spotlight Sierra is our Civic Volunteer Organization sector representative. She represents CAAFA/A New Leaf on the coalition. Her steadfast dedication to bringing resources into the community is evident in her presence at community events. She is always there proving her passion for helping those in the community that are vulnerable and needing help.
Sierra has not only well represented her organization at community events, but together with CAAFA/A New Leaf, she has also hosted community events such as a Holiday Craft Event and the Domestic Violence Awareness Walk coming up on Oct 15th. She is a long standing member of the coalition and can always be counted on for whatever is needed!
What do you think has been the key to your success?
Making myself open and available to learning wherever I go and listening to the survivors that I serve, has taught me how to be a better advocate and what I am capable of achieving in my community with the support of my neighbors and other service providers. Given that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I want to emphasize that the biggest wins I have seen in supporting survivors of DV have been a collaborative effort between more than one agency and the survivor, themselves. Everyone deserves safety and respect from their partner and when all of us work together, we can be one, loud, relentless voice in the face of domestic violence.
What message do you have for adults or youth who may be struggling with things right now?
If you or someone you know is experiencing any form of domestic violence, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-7233. For local support please contact (480) 890-3039 to connect with A New Leaf's SAFEDVS Hotline. It is a 24/7 hotline answered by passionate, trauma-informed case managers who are ready to help. Additionally, A New Leaf has a 24-hour helpline for survivors of sexual violence, which can be reached at (480) 733-3028. For any teens in need of help, please speak to a peer counselor by calling Teen Lifeline at (602) 248-8336. For teens who are feeling unsafe in a relationship or at home, please contact BLOOM365's helpline at (888) 606-4673. You are not alone, it is not your fault, and there is help and support in your community.