Shawanda will discuss the DeeCilla Comfort Center. This is the nonprofit she started to help survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and human trafficking. She plans to open a center later this year, while they are still also focused on their outreach endeavors. While most outreaches focus on awareness and what to do when something happens, their strategy is to help the community understand that “When One Hurts, We All Hurt.” She believes that often this is something we seem to overlook…how these issues impact not just one life but all within the community. Some people think they are so far removed from someone’s situation that if they ignore it, it will go away or they can pretend it does not exist.
So, her events focus on bringing the community together through collaborative programs, to heal our community from within.