Bethany House of Northern Virginia’s 4th Annual Garden of Light Celebration raised funds to support women and children affected by domestic violence.
Bethany House Garden of Light Celebration Transforms Lives
PCI’s 2015 pro bono client Bethany House of Northern Virginia (Bethany House) hosted their 4th Annual Garden of Light Celebration on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, Virginia. Garden of Light Celebration attendees enjoyed food, a silent auction, live entertainment, and a renowned keynote speaker. All proceeds were contributed to the Bethany House Family Assistance Program to support women and children affected by domestic violence.
“We are extremely humbled that we were able to raise more than $20,000, making this Bethany House’s most successful to date,” said Bethany House Executive Director, Gayan Peart. “These proceeds will enable us to re-establish more women and children affected by domestic violence back into their communities by providing temporary housing and support.”
PCI identified the event’s keynote speaker, Susan Folwell, a psychotherapist, consultant and trainer widely known and respected in Washington DC and Northern Virginia. Folwell called upon attendees to support programs and shelters offering services to survivors of domestic violence because, even though the number of individuals impacted by domestic violence is increasing, little is done to shine light on the issue. Throughout the year, PCI will also provide Bethany House with a strategic communications plan, social media support, and key outreach materials to support the renovation and expansion of Bethany House facilities.
Bethany House was established to help women and children who have experienced the impacts of domestic violence regain health and dignity and become re-established in their communities. Since 1979, Bethany House has provided safe, confidential shelter – along with case management, counseling, home and job skills training, and other services – to help those affected by domestic violence thrive. In Fairfax County, 33% of family homelessness is due to domestic violence.
Read this blog post for more information on PCI’s partnership with Bethany House.