For women and children who escaped abuse perpetrated mostly by males, it was an oddity to see twenty adolescent boys standing in the middle of our shelter on a sunny Saturday in March.
The shelter is in a confidential location and isn’t visited by very many people, but for three days straight we welcomed an influx of young men and construction workers who generously donated their time and all of the supplies to make one outdated unit feel like a real home.
The National League of Young Men (NLYM) is comprised of young men in grades 9-12 and allows mothers to promote leadership development through community service with their sons. “It is truly heartwarming to see so many young men volunteer with their mothers and fathers to make a difference in the lives of others,” said Lorna Wardwell, NLYM mother and organizer of this project.
For Human Options, it was a chance to educate young men about domestic violence and the important role they play in breaking the cycle. These young men made a big impact, demonstrating to the families living in our shelter that there are compassionate males in our community who care about others and want to make a difference.
We thank the young men, their families, a family owned estate maintenance company and all those that contributed to the project (Vintage Design/Jennifer & Tim Buckley, Anne Michaelson Design, Fiber Seal West, and Lalique Design).