I arrived at the airport in Ontario heading for Chicago midway ultimately heading for Columbus, Ohio airport. Olivia and I would be able to meet up in Chicago and make the remainder of the trip to Ohio together. Once in Ohio, we rented a car and headed toward the hotel to get some much needed rest and prepare for our event the next morning.
The next morning we headed to our event in a Wilderness Preserve area which was beautifully kept. I never would have thought that such a place would exist in the wooded area that it did. Come to find out it was really a hippie town of old days and really cute to say the least. Our event entailed a power point presentation after the film. The event was attended by social agencies and service providers for the surrounding counties. What an awesome group of people! It was quite clear that once again there was a room full of providers that on fire to continue there work with a renewed sense of empowerment that they are doing a great job!! I personally enjoyed meeting each and everyone of the attendees just as Olivia did as well. On the breaks we could hear the birds and you could even purchase bird seed to feed them if you wanted to. After an entire day of training and screening the film it was time to get some dinner which we found a local pizza place which was good considering we really had no idea where to go for dinner. We had some time to kill before our evening presentation at a local high school. The event for the evening was a local high school and each of the attendees were instructed to bring a food item for the
local Family Violence Prevention Center of Greene County.
It was wonderful to see the students arrive with everything from canned goods to noodles. Many would run in the door and inquire for their parent driving them when the event would end so that they could be picked-up on time. Soon both Olivia and I realized that the average age of the young people attending for the evening was between 13-15 years old. How awesome was that!! This was a great opportunity to speak to these young people about healthy relationships and have them ask a lot of really good questions and have some great open discussion. There were a few young people who broke down sharing the experience of either their mom or grandmother being in an abusive situation and how they could still remember what it was like. Our hearts were touched by these young students and I was so happy I had the chance to be there and meet them. At the end of the evening we took a group photo and it was really cool. Thanks students for making this such a memorable evening for us.
The next day we had the opportunity to tour the shelter where the Family Violence Prevention Center is. What a great group of staff and volunteers as well as the Detectives that are assigned there and respond to family violence calls. There are social workers assigned that ride with the detective to calls for family violence victims. It was as usual so awesome to see the ladies at the shelter and have them share with us. This is truly where my heart lies. I only wish I had a shelter to turn to that was there for me when I needed it. That evening we had another event a a University out a ways from where we had been. It was nice to be at a University where religion is just as important as their studies. There was a good group of students, some community members, and faculty in attendance. This was another opportunity to change lives and be able to physically it happen. You could see those attending on fire to make a difference and that is what matters. They sign-up to volunteer for the Family Violence Prevention Center and see what else they could do. THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR MAKING THE TRIP TO OHIO AN AMAZING TIME!!! I hope to return again.