Inspired from a vision to deliver love and healing to victims of domestic violence Reiki Practitioner, Lin Nelson, and yoga and reiki volunteers from The Body Image Boutique, joined together to make a difference in peoples’ lives by doing what they love to do – promote healing and wellness in everybody.
On October 19, women from Center for Hope and Safety, Bergen County’s non-profit agency for domestic violence, as well as domestic violence survivors in the community, participated in an evening of activities which included yoga, meditation and reiki energy healing. Long standing icon Zion Lutheran Church, Saddle River, NJ, graciously opened their doors and their hearts in the true sense of community for this very special evening.
“We wanted to create a safe, healing and nurturing environment explicitly for these women where they would receive unconditional love and support in their healing journey,” said Lin Nelson.
Eileen Alexander of The Body Image Boutique said: “All of us were grateful to be able to offer empowering techniques that this community can apply in their daily lives to relieve stress and find their own inner peace.”
“Besides what they learned at this event, the women were immensely touched that people in the community would think to do something like this just for them – that others cared what they had been through,” said Jean Kirch, Director of Development, Center for Hope and Safety.
The evening touched, moved and inspired the healing victims as well as the volunteers. Plans are set to continue to offer empowering community gatherings such as this.
The Body Image Boutique is a community newcomer providing integrative health in Saddle River, NJ. Visit www.thebodyimageboutique.com for more information.
For over 40 years, Center for Hope and Safety (formerly Shelter Our Sisters) has offered refuge to thousands of women and children by providing a diversified continuum of services that focus on attaining safety, empowerment and self-sufficiency. CHS’s life-saving programs for domestic violence victims in Bergen County include: a 24-hour hotline; a confidential emergency shelter; transitional housing, crisis counseling; case management; children’s programming; legal assistance; Hispanic outreach; financial literacy and work-readiness training; follow-up services; and community education. CHS’s 24-hour hotline is 201-944-9600.