Goodwill is dramatically breaking the domestic violence silence with Finding Our Voices Survivor posters in the locker rooms and employee break rooms of each of its retail stores, offices and warehouses in Maine, New Hampshire and northern Vermont .
“Everyone shops at Goodwill,” Patrisha McLean, president and founder of Finding Our Voices, said in an FOV press release, “so I can only imagine how many people will talk and escape partner relationships. dangerous intimates thanks to this great company. -widespread adoption of our bold, survivor-focused outreach.”
“Goodwill Northern New England is proud to partner with Finding Our Voices,” Goodwill’s Kimberly Curry said in the statement. “We hope our customers and employees can see that we are a safe place for victims of domestic violence. We’re aiming to stabilize 10,000 people by 2027, and that’s one way to help someone start that journey.
The Say Something posters feature photographic portraits and quotes of 43 named Maine survivors of domestic violence ages 18 to 81, including a prisoner, students, teachers and Maine Governor Janet T. Mills. A new feature on posters launched at the start of COVID is a QR code that links to the https://findingourvoices. net where the voices of many survivors relay their uplifting and inspiring journeys, from entrapment to freedom.
“Partnering with Goodwill is launching a Finding Our Voices Bathroom/Break-Room campaign that will make the voices of survivors heard louder across Maine in 2022, relaying to everyone just how much terror is unfolding around us in what should be the safe place of home, that this must stop and that there is a way out,” the statement said.
Other companies displaying the posters in customer bathrooms and employee break rooms in Maine include Coffee By Design, First National Bank, Saco Bay Physical Therapy and Martins Point Health Care.
A Finding Our Voices third anniversary multimedia exhibition at Camden Public Library, sponsored by the First National Bank, runs through March. Accompanying events include a public reception at the library March 25, 4-5:30 p.m., a Survivors-Speak online panel discussion March 22, and a benefit concert by Roan Yellowthorn, aka Jackie Lee McLean, the daughter of President Patrisha of Finding Our Voices. McLean, at Camden Opera House on March 25 at 7:30 p.m. On March 24, Patrisha and Jackie will speak about how domestic violence affects children in a Zoom public presentation through the Adas Yoshuron Synagogue.
Finding Our Voices posters and a survivor-based curriculum are in or going to 95% of high schools and technical schools in Maine, as well as a growing number of universities and colleges, along with in-person presentations from survivors to students. as well as the parents. Camden National Bank is sponsoring this student outreach.
Finding Our Voices is a grassroots, survivor-powered, non-profit organization that educates the general public about domestic violence and provides support to victim/survivor sisters in Maine, including a fund to enable women to get out and stay out of harm’s way, and get and keep their children safe as well. For more information, visit https://findingourvoices.net or contact Patrisha McLean at [email protected]