Storytelling reveals pieces of us that were hidden. Maybe it’s a feeling you had when you brought your baby home for the first time. Maybe it is the emptiness of packing your mother’s room and leaving the nursing home for the last time. Maybe it’s just an event, small or large, that you are sharing.
So many times, I’ve told people that what matters to me about Listen to Your Mother is the community it connects. The “me too” moments that happen with people with whom you never knew you could share a bond.
KeAnne and I are beyond excited to introduce our charity partner for 2016. Women’s Center of Wake County is tucked quietly behind Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, just off Hillsborough Street. They provide basic needs like food, clothing, personal hygiene needs. They provide a place for women to be safe and store their belongings when they don’t have a home. They have services to help women get into a home. They have services to help women get the treatment they need, be it basic treatment, mental health care, or substance abuse treatment.
Basic needs. The Women’s Center of Wake County provides basic needs, gift wrapped in individual case by case care, and packaged with gracious amounts of dignity.
What is it that you need that you don’t talk about? What lies beneath what people see every day? Is it too cliché to say that we all have needs?
I don’t think it is. Imagine this. Imagine the biggest hurdle you have to get past that day being finding a pad or a tampon. Can you leave the shelter and get to that class or that AA meeting or that job interview if you don’t have that pad when you need it? Let’s get real. All the services in the world won’t matter if a woman doesn’t have a bra, some clean panties, and a pad when she needs one. Things we take for granted every day.
We look forward to introducing you to the many things that Women’s Center of Wake County provides for its clients. And we thank them for partnering with us this year for the Listen to Your Mother: Raleigh-Durham show. You are going to be amazed at the work they are doing.