I SPOKE HOPE AND FOUGHT TO LIVE
Disclosure: This interview podcast contains some illustrated descriptions and painful experience of violence and abuse that happened in our speaker’s life. Therefore, please be mindful and respectful and let’s celebrate her victory to overcome her challenges by helping to further her cause to protect women against domestic abuse.
Renee S. Jones, CEO of I Speaker HOPE a survivor of domestic violence and human trafficking.
Renee is a nationally known speaker and author of her most recently published book “MAMA AINT TEACH ME THAT”. In 2001″ She is founded Reconnection to Life Inc. Women’s Center in Birmingham, Alabama, which is a transitional housing program for women returning to their community from the penal system. Renee’s main goal of why she started giving talks and providing assistance to victims of abuse is that she wants to be the voice of these victims. she wants them to be heard and for them to know that they do not have to suffer in silence. She also wants them to know that they are not alone and there is a way to make everything better. She wants to be their hope, their light in their pitch-black world, and their guide towards living a second life. Even if they do not know how to express themselves, She will find the words and speakon their behalf.
Renee’s secondary goal is to educate. She aims to provide education for others that have a stigma or prejudice against the victims. For those with stigma, they are indirectly causing more harm towards the victims. Renee hope that through her talks, she will be able to eliminate their stigma towards these victims or at least, generate awareness of the hurt that they are causing to the victims. I had previously held talks in Ohio at Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga county, St. Vincent’s Charity Hospital Rosary Hall Unit for topics ranging from alcohol, drug addictions to mental health. I have also worked with Cleveland State University in their Cleveland Department of Public Health Social Work program. In Florida, Directions for Living Mental Health, Domestic Violence City of Tampa, FL. Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition (BAATC)
Renee is a member of the Speaker’s Bureau of RAINN (Rape Abuse & Incest National Network), member of Counseling and Treating People of Colour, an International Perspective. She is also a member of The National Alcoholism & Addiction Institute, a recipient of Mental Health Association of Central Alabama award, Birmingham Resolution award, Community Volunteer award from the city council of Birmingham, Woman of God with a Spiritual Destiny Award, and Youths of Today Leadership Program Cleveland, Ohio.
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