CEO & Founder
she could. The growth of Gems for Gems has brought more notoriety but the importance of humble giving is maintained through the collaborative efforts and execution of both the Gems for Gems Christmas Jewelry Drive and ‘Zero to Hero’ events which are both exclusively done for those within the shelters without public attendance and press thus maintaining the spirit of ‘humble giving’.
people – eager and willing to be there to help Gems for Gems. If it were not supported to the extent it is, it would not have been possible to do the enormous good that’s been achieved and that the organization will continue to pursue.
“In today’s world of social media, there is a strong focus on the pursuit of acceptance and popularity from those you will never lay eyes on let alone encounter. I believe this focus comes from the need/desire to love and be loved. That basic human need has too often become a luxury, a moving target and, sadly, a tool with which to leverage and manipulate others.When I was a child, I was used, manipulated and abused emotionally as well as sexually. There are so many schools of thought on how to approach healing – many of which don’t seem attainable when you have little to zero resources or freedom. I focused my energy on the future.This intense focus on the beautiful future I wanted to have was because I couldn’t handle the present. It seemed there was no escape.I made a pact with myself: each time I found myself wallowing, I would close my eyes and picture aspects of the life I wanted to have. Each time I would feel better and as time went on, I would catch myself earlier and earlier without having become fully immersed in wallowing. The visualization became more and more detailed and I was no longer picturing something hypothetical, I was picturing my life, the life I now fully believed I was going to have. What happened was that in my effort to distract myself, I shifted my focus, altered my state of mind and therefore my base perspective as well. I was now motivated, stronger, driven and excited about the life I was now actively working to bring into existence.This is why Gems for Gems was created for survivors of domestic abuse and why the organization believes in forward movement, empowerment and the proactive pursuit of the life you want rather than the one you find yourself in.There are so many incredible resources available to aid current victims and survivors, as well as many methods of healing. In addition to those, we believe empowerment and education can be the catalyst to ending this phase of life for those ready to move forward. It is my greatest hope that Gems for Gems can continue to change the lives and change the course of the future by giving the tools to assist in ending the cycle of domestic abuse.The future I work for is one where each woman knows her worth. A future where men stand up and demand the best of each other regarding respect and equality for everyone. Where rape and abuse victims and survivors are believed, and their perpetrators are punished in a way that they may no longer hurt others. I want to live in a world where each child grows up knowing they have a voice they MUST use. I want adults to live a life being a living example of the change they want to see in the world and understanding that you don’t need to dedicate your life to a cause, but you do need to stand for something.Thank you so much to everyone who has and who will join us in our way of being the change.”