The Women's Survival Space (WSS) is a not-for-profit shelter operated by the Center Against Domestic Violence. WSS provides a 90-day living space for women and their families who have suffered domestic violence in their lives. JLB volunteers work with both the women and children to provide informal mentoring and recreational activities. The JLB provides the only source of non-essential programming available to the residents of the shelter during their stay, allowing them to see beyond their immediate circumstances.
WSS CHILDREN’S CRAFT NIGHTS – JLB volunteers organize monthly visits with the children at the shelter (approximately ages 5-12). Activities typically include arts and crafts projects, reading and/or games and end with a light snack provided by the JLB. Wherever possible, the crafts are designed to provide the children with an opportunity to connect with major holiday such as Thanksgiving and Mother’s Day, and are focused on creating gifts for their family. One signature event is the annual Easter Egg Hunt, a full afternoon of food, games, friendly competition and a reading of The Velveteen Rabbit.
WSS WOMEN’S OUTINGS – While the children are engaged in Craft Nights, JLB volunteers provide the women at the shelter the opportunity to participate in activities often unavailable in such environments. Mentors from the JLB arrange and sponsor monthly social outings, with social engagement and enrichment opportunities such as dinners, movie trips and pottery classes. These outings provide a chance for the women living at the shelter to socialize with one another, to rediscover their individuality and to gain the confidence necessary to take the next steps in their lives.
The JLB partnership with WSS was initially created in 1989 and has run annually for the past 25 years.