Join us as we kick off a new series of highlights – staff and board members, volunteers, and community partners of The Second Step!
We hope you enjoy getting to know the many members of our community. We’ll start off with Alexandra Simes, our Board President.
“My involvement with The Second Step – which most of us just call “TSS” for short – started with a dinner party fundraiser called “Step Up to The Plate.” It was a fun and eclectic evening, a mixture of couples and friends. But it was the discussion of the mission of TSS that really sparked my interest. The help that this small organization – only a few minutes down the street from my house – provided for families whose lives were upended by abuse was truly transformational. I was so touched by the many ways TSS makes a difference for survivors, providing them a safe place to live, free legal services, and therapeutic support services for their entire family. I knew that night that I wanted to help, too, so I made the decision to get getting involved. I joined a committee to help with the planning of TSS’s annual “Celebrating Success” gala, even though I had never been to the event. I felt motivated to brainstorm new ways to raise money for the organization, and we had great discussions with other committee members and TSS’s dedicated staff. I was hooked!”
“My role with TSS has evolved a lot in the 8 years since I first joined that committee. I have hosted several Step Up to the Plate dinner parties of my own to raise both money and awareness about DV. I also joined the Board six years ago, serving as Vice President for four years, before becoming President of the Board in 2018. I see now, more than ever, how transformative the services we provide really are for the survivors and their families. As we have added Youth and Prevention programs in the past few years, I have seen our staff do groundbreaking work for teens responding to their own abuse while learning and practicing what safe and healthy relationships should look like. Especially now as the mother of a teenage daughter and son, I realize just how important it is for everyone in our community to understand how domestic violence has no bounds – it affects *every* community. But regardless of who you are or what your experience has been, The Second Step is –and will continue to be – here for you and ready to help.”