Purple Event


Purple EventLast weekend our church hosted the annual Purple Event, a celebration of life that brings awareness to domestic violence.  Being a survivor of domestic violence myself, this is a cause that has always been near and dear to my heart.  My late father was diagnosed with schizophrenia when I was only 5.  He often turned to alcohol and drugs to cope with his illness and sometimes when he and my mom would fight he would hit her.  One day I came home from school to find my father with my mom’s arm bent behind her head threatening to break it if she didn’t let him take my little brother.  I walked in at just the right time, he let her go.  My mom stayed until I was 12, despite the abuse, because she was determined to make our family work.  I remember wanting so desperately for her to leave him, although he never abused us kids, I felt for my mom. He would apologize and offer to move away to have a fresh start.  We moved more times than I can remember.  Once, after a particularly violent fight, my mom, brother and sister and me spent the night in a shelter for abused women and children.  It was that experience which allows me to relate to the women and children in shelters around our community today.  To comfort those who are going through similar hardships and to bring them hope through my story.  It was a beautiful thing last weekend to witness the redemption of so many lives of women and children and to remember how far God has brought me.   His grace to me has no bounds.

The Purple Event

{Helping Hands is an organization hosted at Hope Chapel that gives food, clothing and counseling to women and children who have recently fled domestic violence situations}

Purple Event

{Karen Gonzalez, pictured here with her daughter Michelle, founded Helping Hands based on her own journey of overcoming incredible odds with her three children}

Purple Event

{There were games for the kids}

Purple Event

{Fun prizes}

Purple Event

{Handmade accessories for sale}

Purple Event

{handmade candles}

Purple Event

{original artwork for sale}

Purple Event

{A puppet show for the kids}

Purple Event

{and a fashion show}