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To our supporters:
Thank you for the priceless gifts you have given.
Your continued support of the R.O.S.E. Fund has helped many female survivors of domestic violence receive priceless gifts this year.
Holidays are a time for family and friends to get together and celebrate. While it seems natural to go home, attend family functions or even travel to see our loved ones, many women who have been a victim of domestic violence have lasting scars or cracked teeth that prevent them from wanting to show their faces around the holidays. It reminds them of what they went through and it is too painful to explain this to even the closest of family members.
Your support not only helps these women rejoice this holiday season, but it also lets them re-connect with their friends and family with a new sense of self-esteem.
This year alone dozens of women have received more than a hundred medical services associated with dental and facial reconstructive surgeries. Many have completed the process and countless others are still receiving treatment. What a priceless gift!
‘All I want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth’
Year round, the R.O.S.E. Fund receives innumerable requests for medical and dental services that will help these survivors erase the physical reminders of their abusive past.
For Christmas 2009, the big gift on Sharon’s list was “her two front teeth”. In 2008, Sharon was disfigured by her abuser, resulting in numerous head and neck injuries including getting her teeth knocked out. Sharon overcame the cycle of domestic violence by recognizing that if she did not leave, she might end up like her close friend, who was killed by her abuser. As a mother and soon to be grandmother, she called for help.
She entered into a transitional living program and eventually went to a dentist who, based on her condition, had to pull out the rest of her teeth. She was then directed to other dental specialists for additional care but she did not have the financial means to remedy this uncomfortable and upsetting injury. Sharon was left without teeth, in pain and unable to chew or eat properly.
With the help of the R.O.S.E. Fund, Dr. Corbett, who is a participating R.O.S.E. dentist, was able to give Sharon the treatment she needed to include a complete set of dentures. Dr. Corbett and his dedicated staff gave Sharon her smile back, going so far as to keep his office open on Dec 22nd to meet the Christmas deadline. Sharon is thankful for your gifts this year and for Dr. Corbett and his staff’s dedication and compassion.
“Dr. Corbett’s staff is wonderful! They are very kind and I have had a number of pleasant experiences with them. They always go overboard.”
In Sharon’s words; “After I get my teeth I will walk with my head up and smile a lot. I will have more confidence when I go for job interviews. More than ever, I would like to be able to speak to other female survivors of domestic violence and let them know there is a light at the end of all the madness. Just keep the faith.”
Keeping the Faith
At the R.O.S.E. Fund, from survivors to supporters, we are keeping the faith this holiday season. Our hope is to continue to provide the light at the end of the madness for the many other applicants in need of our services.
Below is a partial list of current R.O.S.E. applicants who are in a similar state of need as Sharon was before her treatments. With them we are keeping the faith, in waiting for their ‘two front teeth’ to regain their smiles, to build their self-esteem and to celebrate for the holiday:
Lizbet, CA – broken teeth
Ruth, MA – 2 front teeth missing
Frieda, MA – all teeth missing
Maria, MA – missing front teeth
Lydia, MA – broken, missing teeth
Carrie, MA – broken teeth
Renee, NJ – missing and loose teeth
Angel, NM – cracked front tooth
‘Tis the season of giving. We hope that you enjoy spending time this holiday season with your friends and family, and we hope that you continue to help R.O.S.E. Fund recipients reconnect with theirs.
Have a happy, healthy and safe holiday this year!
Dan Walsh, Chairman
The R.O.S.E. Fund
We are sad to see that our donation number still reads “$0 contributed” … especially right before the holidays.
With the festive season is among us, please try to remember those who are less fortunate; not only those who cannot afford to celebrate in the same way as the rest of us, but also those who have a haunting past impeding their cheer.
We implore you to please make any donation possible – even an amount as small as $5 can make a huge difference.
To find out how to donate, please visit our Cause. Read some of our survivors’ stories below to learn more about the impact of previous donations.
As we thank you and wish you a happy holiday season, we ask you to please help make it happier for others.
~The R.O.S.E. Fund Family~