Sam and Julie have been lending a hand to support survivors of domestic violence through their internships with Empowerhouse.
Julie spends part of her day at the Front Desk answering calls and greeting visitors to our busy Outreach Office.
She says of her experience: "Every day I'm answering the phone or the door and someone is there dropping off donations or asking how they can help. Our community is awesome. I wasn't aware of how many people in Fredericksburg give back."
Since beginning their internships and taking part in our 40-hour volunteer training on domestic violence, both students have become more aware of domestic violence happening around them.
This includes recognizing the warning signs of domestic violence among their peers.
"I [Sam] have overheard conversations at school where a boyfriend is constantly sending text messages wanting to know where their partner is all the time. That's not normal, they are trying to control every aspect of their life. So many people are blind to the signs and don't want to see it or recognize it as domestic violence."
Their time at Empowerhouse has equipped both Sam and Julie to share what they have learned with others and point someone in need to the services Empowerhouse provides.
If you would like to become a volunteer or intern at Empowerhouse, drop by our office to pick up an application, or fill one out on our website.