What We Do
Runway to Freedom is committed to empowering survivors of domestic violence by funding local organizations that provide individuals and families with the education and resources needed to get out of dangerous situations and start living healthy lives.
Since 2010, Runway to Freedom has been raising awareness and funds for local domestic violence programs through social media and our annual fashion show, live auction, and raffle.
Money raised during the auction and donations for Runway to Freedom 7 will benefit Mary’s Place, a local shelter that empowers homeless women and children to reclaim their lives. Too often domestic violence puts women in the position of choosing between continued abuse and homelessness. Mary’s Place offers these women safe shelter and the emotional support and services they need.
Ticket sales go towards the cost of production for Runway to Freedom 7, which will take place on November 4th, 2016.
Runway to Freedom wants to ensure that there will always be a place of safety with programs for survivors of abuse, regardless of their story. Our long-term goal is to create a safe home for families hiding from their abusers. While safe homes do exist in Seattle, they are often at capacity and have to turn people away. In addition to meeting the overwhelming need of safe housing, our home will allow families to get safe access to doctors, therapists, nannies, and caregivers, as well as outreach programs to empower them to live great lives.
One way we highlight how abuse can happen in any family, why we need to stop it, and what we can do to stop it is by sharing stories of brave survivors like Kelly-
In 2007, I was a wife, mother of a 2 year old girl, and a registered nurse. I was also a victim. That was NEVER a word I would ever think I’d use to describe myself. I hated that word. My husband always yelled at me and would say, “Stop playing the victim role! You’re NOT a victim!” I hated that word. But that word became my reality on February 11th.
My husband was furious with me for watching a movie with my sister at her house while my daughter slept. I was “taking time away from the family.” The fighting continued on and on. He got so mad that he pushed me. I had finally had enough and went to call 911. When I tried to walk away, he grabbed me, took the belt from my robe and started to strangle me with it. He looked me in the face and said, “I am not going back to jail. This is my only option.” When I realized he wasn’t going to stop, all I knew to do was “play dead”. So that’s exactly what I did and it was a good thing because he continued to strangle me until I actually did pass out. I woke up to him on top of me. He was keeping me locked in the bathroom because he “didn’t trust me not to call the police.” Finally he let me go, kissed his daughter and left. He left me with marks all around my throat, a bloody nose, bloody eyes, and petechial marks all over my face.
I never saw my husband again because he went and bought a shotgun, rented a hotel room, and he shot himself.
After, I started going to support groups for women. I learned so much from those advocates and those people. I learned what red flags look like and realized which ones I had ignored in him. The scary truth is that had he not committed suicide, I wouldn’t have left him. Domestic violence ALWAYS gets worse. I believe he would have finished the job.
Today, I have a happy and healthy little girl who I am raising on my own. I still work as a nurse and have a busy life. Instead of calling myself a victim of domestic violence, I call myself as a survivor, and it’s because of the support we received that I can live my life today. I was lucky, but so many people aren’t.
How You Can Help
By supporting Runway to Freedom you are empowering survivors, sometimes in their greatest hour of need, to get safe and make a plan. You are transforming lives. With the help from our community, businesses, family and friends, we will create and instill confidence in women, men, and children who have been stripped of hope by abuse. We will give them the care and tools they need to make a change and start over.
- You can partner with us today by donating online
- You can bring donations the night of the show: adult or children’s clothing, toiletries, household items, diapers, medicines, and personal hygiene products.
- You can volunteer for Runway to Freedom 7 in 2016. We always welcome the extra help!
- You can join us for the 7th Annual Runway to Freedom Charity Event in 2016. Enjoy a night of fun and revelry to celebrate survivors of domestic violence who help us spread awareness with their motivating stories.
- You can join me in empowering domestic violence victims to become survivors. Stand up and say NO to violent behavior in our communities.
Please consider supporting us this year as we broaden our goals and dreams reaching out to survivors of domestic violence and their families.