May 27, 2013
One woman is helping women, men and children get out of abusive situations in Central Virginia. In this week's Stephanie's Heroes we're featuring Laura Humbertson who's spent the last five years organizing many projects at the Shelter for Help in Emergency in an effort to keep families safe.
Laura Humbertson wears many hats at the Shelter for Help in Emergency in Charlottesville.
From organizing many events like the annual Design House fundraiser to serving on the board, she says helping others is something that she enjoys.
“It's really important for me to give back to the community especially in working with the shelter because I've had friends who have been impacted by domestic violence in their lives,” said Laura Humbertson, Volunteer, Shelter for Help in Emergency.
Humberston volunteers her time to ensure the safety of others.
They use fundraisers like the Design House to help provide outreach programs in schools and transitional housing which is tucked away in a disclosed location.
“To know that they're safe, that their children are safe and that they're able to move forward in their lives in a more peaceful and productive way is really important,” said Humbertson.
She is also helping out with a special campaign called Project Clothes Line. It's an opportunity for victims of domestic violence to create t-shirts and express their feelings about abuse on the shirts.
“I think it's really powerful. I think sometimes when you come into the room and you know you see something that says ‘you didn't take everything’ you realize the strength that people have to get through very difficult situations,” said Humbertson.
Each shirt represents a survivor. They are all strong women, men and children that Humbertson has helped to create a new and domestic violence-free life.