Women's Support Group

$250,000 goal

Campaign created 9 months ago
Everyone deserves the right to fulfill their potential and be the person they are destined to be.  Help encourage and uplift women with motivation to view themselves in a more positive light and grow beyond life's present barriers.  Some women cannot even imagine it's possible though it is a journey possible to all.  I made this difficult journey without the help I would like to make available to others.  With encouragement, fellowship and positive examples, every woman can excel.  Effort to pool the talents of local women who will reach their peers with programs and services.   If you have overcome difficult barriers that many women encounter, then you know both the journey and joy awaiting others.  Our life and the world is made better when we reach back to help someone else.

Updated November 2018:

My account has been listed for several months without receiving any substantial support and it might be due to my reluctance to disclose sufficient need worthy of consideration for financial support.  I have never wanted to appear helpless since I am able body, capable and willing to work; and I did not want to solicit pity, which is not my goal. I  speak from my place of strength while still disclosing a need.

I watched the nationally covered hearings in September of this year (2018) where Justice Brett Kavanaugh competed for a Supreme Court position and I listened while Dr. Christine Blasey Ford told her story accusing him of sexual abuse during her teen years and how it had changed and scarred the path of her life.  There was a similar story told almost 30 years earlier by Anita Hill and there have been many such stories from various women during the “Me Too’ era.   I listened to Dr. Ford’s weak, timid voice and yet realized this woman had found the courage to overcome a subsequent difficulty in starting college, had pursued a profession that gave her understanding (if not mastery over her emotional distress) and had become an expert with multiple degrees in her field.  Her testimony seemed to denote family affluence that might have assisted her in maneuvering pass emotional difficulties, where others of lesser means might not.  The hearing gave her an opportunity after many years to confront her alleged abuser and get some kind of closure to her past trauma.   I also identified with her experience.  I realized while watching her that all of us have some past drama or hurt that we have to confront to overcome and fulfill our destiny.

As I watched Dr. Ford in her strength stand up before a bunch of stoic congressmen and against the alleged bully that sought to rob her destiny, I realized I had had a similar journey.  No, my story is not one of sexual abuse even though I, like many women, have had similar challenges to overcome.  Mine was a journey aided by faith rather than education or wealth to help me through past trauma.  With clarity and hind sight, I can now see that there are problems many women face based on abuse by males in power who may use wealth to oppress.  The National Sexual Assault Resource Center reports that one in three women in the U.S. experience sexual violence at some point during their life.  Sexual abuse scars a woman’s life, affecting her self-esteem and sense of security that can alter her life forever.  There are a lot of women whose lives are destroyed in as little as a few moments.  It does not have to be sexual assault like those mentioned above or rape like those in the recent Hollywood “Me Too” scandals that short circuits a woman’s life.  Various types of male abuse against a woman can hinder fulfillment of her destiny because men are the primary power holders in our world and form a bulwark when they unite their powers against a women who must go through them to get their rights.  (My story continues and you can continue to read it at my website, joycerebapayneministries.com. under ”Personal Story” or support my plan to provide emergency housing and support for women based on the above introduction.)
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$250,000 goal

Campaign created 9 months ago
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