All humans have four basic desires: to be seen, to be heard, to be held, to be celebrated. In these pages, we see, we hear, and we celebrate courageous women rising up in their own stories. In our own words, alumnae and staff share the before, during, and after that led our paths to cross in the mission of Resilience Rising.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ~ Maya Angelou
Part of finding healing and empowerment is expressing, bringing to light, and being validated in our individual and collective experiences in the world. We find our power through various mediums: speaking, writing, art, music, movement, animals, nature, activism, connection. In this blog, we invite alumnae and staff of Resilience Rising to express their stories and claim their power. In turn, we hope these stories and voices inspire others to heal, to speak, to act.
*Every contributing survivor is compensated for her sharing. Contributing alumnae of Resilience Rising's residential programs are over eighteen and have aged out of the child welfare system; they are responsible for the telling of their own stories - the when, the what, and the how. For their own safety, their identities remain concealed. Current and former staff have the option to identify themselves or remain anonymous. We offer the viewing public to comment on blog posts, offering words of validation, encouragement, and solidarity. Any inappropriate content will be removed by administrators.