Valentine’s Day can be a particularly challenging time for women who are rebuilding their lives after abuse. Society’s focus is so intensely focused on romantic love, especially during the month of February, and women can easily feel isolated from the celebrations.
The staff of The Cridge Dovetail Services has embraced Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to celebrate love, especially the love that women have for themselves, for their children, and for their friends. This year the women who access Cridge Dovetail Services were invited to celebrate Valentine’s Day by spending an evening “shopping” for beautiful jewelry and accessories (donated by Bungalow Gifts) while enjoying delicious desserts and the company of friends. It was a lovely way for the women to truly celebrate their own uniqueness by giving themselves a special gift.
Meanwhile our monthly Healthy Relationships group, which brings tenants and outreach clients together to enjoy lunch and a group discussion, focused on the theme of “How to Be Your Own Valentine.” A delicious lunch was served as women discussed the value of loving yourself, and the need to take time to care for yourself.
Valentine’s Day at The Cridge Dovetail Services has indeed offered us a unique opportunity to guide women from broken hearts to strong hearts.