As tears run down Rebeca Ferreira's face, she remembers the reason why she started her organization.
"This is very painful to me because, this is personal, I am a survivor and I have dedicated 10 years of my life to fight for the lives of victims," said Ferreira, founder & executive director for Safe Faith United.
But the passion doesn't come free. Bills have been piling up, like the July rent notice that is due by the first. Ferreira said major donations have kept the charity going but now it breaks her heart to see her years of hard work come crumbling down, like her victim hotline.
"If we don't pay $422.31, the hotline will be cut off today and the victims won't be able to call," added Ferreira.
"He started choking me, poking my eye, biting my bottom lip, I still have a scar on that. Finally my upper lip, he chewed it off," said Victoria Silva, a victim of domestic violence.
Ferreira said Safe Faith United has helped about a thousand victims of domestic violence over the last five years.
"If it wasn't for her, my abuser would still be out there," added Silva.
That includes families of victims, including at least one who lost her life.
"She was here for my family, collected donations, helped me fill out paperwork to get my daughter's funeral paid for," said Tejuana Reeves, who recently lost her daughter, Jade Morris.
The organization has come a long way since it started offering its services at the park. Now with only a handful of volunteers, Ferreira said any help is appreciated.
"Sometimes we have volunteers but when there is no pay, you can't expect people to show up for the hours you need them, so I had to do everything by myself," added Ferreira.
Now desperate to continue their mission, the organization is asking for a $40 donation in exchange for their services.
Victims who cannot make a donation will not be denied service. Ferreira said the money will go towards creating a budget, hiring a full-time staff and helping victims.
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