Valentine Messages of Support for Survivors

This February, we invited members of our community to write Valentine messages of support to survivors. The response brought many words of admiration, encouragement, solidarity, and support. We have been able to share these messages with our clients by posting them around our offices and shelter, and we’ve shared them publicly with other survivors through social media. We sincerely appreciate all the support from our amazing community. Please read the quotes from the messages below and take the strength you need:

“Hello, Wishing you the strength & help that you need to find hope and healing.”

“Greetings, We are hoping that 2019 will be a year filled with hope, uplifting moments and helpful support as you look and work forward to a brighter and happier future. We are sending positive thoughts to you all at Centre Safe — a true gem in our community.”

“Happy Valentine’s Day! May this and every day forward be filled with the loving kindness you deserve. Wishing you a bright future full of strength to face life’s struggles and warm smiles as you enjoy life’s gifts! With compassion, Your Friend”

“Happy Valentine’s Day. Thank you for coming to Centre Safe. May these days be full of support and calm. We are glad you chose this safe place as your place. You Rock!”

“Everyone has a story. Our stories shape our past but they do not make our future. You are braver than you know and stronger too. We have your back. You are not alone and you are loved. Peace.”

“Better days lie ahead. Stay strong.”

“Hang in there. Know that the community stands beside you.”

“To all of those seeking to become survivors — YOU CAN DO IT!! There may be challenges, bumps & bad days; but there will also be pride, joys & good days. Eventually, the latter will outnumber the former and you will know you’ve made it. Keep your head held high and the goal in sight!”

“Best and warm wishes to all survivors! For strength, determination and compassion for all of us.”

“You are loved!”

“I continue to pledge my support to Centre Safe! As a board member, I strive to uphold the values of Centre Safe every day. I hope our clients trust in us, in a way that helps them safely heal.”

“Happy Valentine’s. Know that you are loved and supported!”

“I think about Centre Safe survivors every day and support you in your efforts for a better life. Sometimes the path seems too hard and is overwhelming. Keep your goal in mind at all times and you will find the inner strength you never know you had or were capable of. You can do it!”

“You are worth it, all the best to you and the family that matters most!”

“You are stronger than you know”

“[Sur – vi – vor] — to beat the odds; one with great courage and strength, a true inspiration. That is you!”

“We believe you, we support you. you are stronger than most for what you have been through. valentine’s day, (and this whole journey) may feel lonely but you are not alone. we are here for you”

“You have STRENGTH! You have WORTH! You are a SURVIVOR! Love yourself first.”

“You are braver and stronger than you know. May the coming days bring you a sense of your worth and power.”

“Know you are loved and beloved! Each day you choose to wake up and take a step forward is a step toward success and carving your own path in this world.”

“Never forget – you are strong, brave, and capable. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.”

“You are loved more than you know. We are here for you always.”

“Both women and men, girls and boys, can become victimized by domestic violence, and I am glad that we have Centre Safe as a place of refuge and support.”

“You are not alone and something truly wonderful is waiting for you on the other side of this journey!”

“You are strong enough to get through this!”

“You are doing a good job and you will make it to the other side, better and more in control than you have ever seen yourself to be. I am so proud of you, no matter what part of the journey you are, the fact that you are still here and still trying makes you my hero. Happy Valentine’s Day to you, a hero, my hero. ❤”

“‘do not look for healing at the feet of those who broke you’ ― Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey. ‘Instead of saying, ‘I’m damaged, I’m broken, I have trust issues’ say ‘I’m healing, I’m rediscovering myself, I’m starting over.’ ― Horacio Jones. Love and hugs and best wishes to you and yours.”

“Happy Valentine’s Day! You are an incredible, courageous person, and you are loved more than you know. You are enough.”

“I am proud of you for getting to the point that you are at now. Everyday is a working progress, so don’t be too hard on yourself. Give yourself the love, care, and attention you give to others. You not only deserve it, it is your right as a human being. Let your light shine! Be boldly, unapologetically, and beautifully you because no one can bring to this world what you have. ❤”

“You are not alone. There are people who care. Asking for help now means you are better able to give help later. We all have times when we are on either end of the giving/receiving process. It is a process of love and courage. You are loved. You give love. You have courage. You can inspire courage in others. :)”

“You are so much more then what has happened to you ❤”

“Our community, Centre County, supports you and we are glad that you live in Centre County. We wish you safety, good health, and access to the resources you need to thrive. Our love and best wishes go to you!”

“Dear Brave Hearts, May Love, Peace, and Health guide you through your journey. May your guardian angels protect and surround you with safety.”

“You are never alone and so much more brave and strong than you may think ❤ Things WILL get better and I am rooting for you and support you.”

“So many people love and support you through your ups and your downs. Never think otherwise! You’ll always have someone there to support you. Keep your head up!”

“I am so glad you have joined the Centre Safe community. May you know that this Valentine Day there is much love and support surrounding you.”

“You’re never alone. You are strong, brave, and courageous. Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!”

“Although dark clouds may cover your clear blue skies, know that there is always a sunny sky just around the corner. I hope you have a wonderful day and know that you are brave, strong, and loved.”

“You are stronger than you realize. Getting help is a sign of strength, not weakness. You are on your way to a better life. Proud of you!”

“Though we’ve never met, if you are reading this message I know that you are courageous, caring, and remarkable. Let the love and support of true friends surround you and work through you.”

“I have been where you are now and CCWRC, now Centre Safe, was there for me. I thought I could not make it on my own. I was married for 40 years. I realized I was stronger than I thought. I have been on my own now for five years and I am thriving. Every so often I run into a hurdle, but I jump over it. I believe it is better to be alone than to live with an abuser, a cheater, or someone who puts you down daily. You, too, can find your inner strength, I will be rooting for you!! You can do this.”

“Hello! I hope February and the surprisingly warm weather is treating you well so far! I am so lucky to get the opportunity to show support to such an amazing, strong person. I hope I live to be half the person you are some day. I especially hope Valentines Day is filled with lots of love and even more chocolates. Just know I will be thinking of you! All the best this V-day”

“There is someone out there who loves you enough to help and not hurt you, so don’t settle for less. You’re worth real love. ❤”

“Hello dear ones, please know that you are in my thoughts. I am cheering for you, amazed by your courage and strength under difficult circumstances. There is darkness before light, and life is about cycles…so you got this!! Take one day at a time, trust that good things and good times will be yours💞.”

“I hope you have a great day. I don’t know you, but I know I’m really proud of you. Please focus on you and (if applicable) your children. You are important and deserve the best!”

“You are strong and courageous. Keep you chin high and know that, no it won’t be easy, BUT you CAN do it. You have a community here to help you. Lean in!”

“I’ve been where you are—and I can tell you that you each step brings you closer to a better and more peaceful life. Follow the yellow brick road xo ❤”

“I can’t possibly imagine what it feels like to endure some of the hardships that you’ve had to go through. My wish is that you maintain positivity and hope, and understand there are people there to support you who also try to make the community a better place for everyone. Your resilience is a gift to others who may be suffering.”

“It may be hard to see in yourself, but those of us on the outside see your tremendous strengths as you continue to move forward and survive, despite the many barriers that work against you. There are people in your community who believe you (and your story) and believe in you (and your ability to move forward and make it). We admire you and wish you hope, healing, and happiness in days ahead.”

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