From The Sacred Dance Journal – Spring 2012 Volume 56 Number 1
SDG’s first benefit Flash Mob was held July 2010 on the pier, in New London, CT, partnering with the Women’s Center of Southeastern Connecticut. The SD-GO (Sacred Dance Global Outreach) initiative that supports Women and Children around the world, selects a local organization at each biennial Sacred Dance Guild festival. This summer we will collaborate with The Center for Women in Transition. The Center for Women in Transition began as an initiative of the Grand Haven Jaycees Women. Their community assessment found a significant need to help women abused by their spouses and those “displaced” from their traditional homemaker roles. Since August 1977, the Center has helped women deal with significant life changes. The longevity and growth of the agency reflects not only the need for services but also the desire of the community to address those needs.
During the 1990,’s the Center added services and focused on children and multi-cultural services, legal advocacy and transitional housing. By 2002, the agency had completed a capital campaign, moved to the new program center at 411 Butternut in Holland, and doubled the capacity of the safe shelter. In the new location, programs were added to include the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program, Child Therapy, Girls on the Run/Girls on Track, and DELTA.
Women in Transition has been providing assistance and opening doors for women and children as they deal with the significant challenges resulting from domestic violence, sexual assault, and other life-changing situations. Community leaders, corporate leaders, businesses, supporters and volunteers from all walks of life have contributed to the growth, stability and success of Center for Women in Transition. June 5 of 2008, Charisse Mitchell became the seventh Executive Director of the agency to remain constant to the dedication to empower women as they face choices at transitional points in their lives.
The Center’s mission is to respond to, reduce, and prevent domestic and sexual violence against women. This mission will be achieved through education, collaboration, and advocacy, with crisis.
Vision & Values
A violence-free society where opportunity for women and girls is abundant. We value the right of every individual to a safe and just environment. We value community accountability and recognition to eliminate the root causes of violence. We value the inherent equality and worth of all individuals. We value the strength and power of individuals to make their own life choices. We value the integrity of our organizational practices. We value responding to community need with vision, creativity and courageous leadership.
Do not miss this inspiring event, open to all, held on Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 7:00 PM, in downtown, Holland, MI. Workshops to learn the dance will be offered at Hope College on the day of the event.