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A Fresh Start

September 4, 2020

by Jennifer Parsons



There's something about a fresh start. There’s something about cleaning up the lines and remembering who we are and who we want to be that clarifies the present.


At the Abbie, we get to learn a lot about fresh starts. We see the strength. We know the fear. We breathe the hope. And, we know that deep beauty lies not in a clean sheet of paper, but in the masterpiece that is created when someone pours their heart onto a worn page. Wisdom and experience are invaluable tools for navigating the future.


All that to say our new website has us thinking about our own fresh start and how it reflects the worn and practiced pages of advocacy and courage that have come before us.

People have been making this organization what it is since 1976, and we are grateful to expand our online presence in a way that is consistent with our organization’s goals.


We want you, our community, to know our deepest values.


We want you to know that we are here for YOU, and that if you need us, you should call. We want you to know that if calling is not comfortable, there are other ways to get support. If you have a computer that is safe to use, you can contact us (here and here and here).


We also want you to know that while we have a shelter and consider it a privilege to house those in dangerous situations, that is not all we do.


Court advocacy and accompaniment is our most utilized service. Counseling is free to those who need it. Our 24 Helpline offers confidential support, because let’s face it, sometimes we just need to talk to someone who gets it. And let's not forget the community advocacy and training that we offer.


Our new website gives us a fresh start, but our values are very much the same. We are here for you, our dear community.

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