I’ve been with Hope House for 17 years. I started here as one of the first Women’s Therapists, then became Shelter Director and worked my way up to becoming CEO in 2006. I came to Hope House because of my passion for working with women and children. I see my job as helping those who have lost their voice due to the violence regain their voice again.
The primary purpose of this blog is to EDUCATE - about domestic violence and about the programs at Hope House. But it’s also to EXPLAIN why our services are so desperately needed, and why we continue to ask for financial support from the community. The services we provide cost money, and through this blog, I hope to show you that even modest donations of time and money will result in changed lives… for families right here in the KC metro area.
The first steps for the community in helping us break the cycle of domestic violence (DV) are awareness and acceptance of public responsibility. Awareness is not just knowing that violence exists, but knowing why it happens, how it happens and who it happens to.
The responsibility aspect is knowing what to do once you are aware and then acting on that knowledge. It means being able to see that DV is a community issue and not a “family problem” to be resolved in the home. It takes a whole community response to address this issue and it’s my hope that this blog will help to bring people together to address this complex and devastating issue that impacts so many in our communities.
It is my intent to share information, but to learn as well. What’s working? What isn’t working? What progress has been made? What surprises you about what we do or don’t do? What questions do you have? Where do we collectively go from here?
I look forward to this new journey of discovery and sharing the experience with you.
MaryAnne Metheny, MSW, LCSW
CEO of Hope House