Why we walked for Haven House

AtChild & Family Services' annual Fashion Show with a Twist, foster parents,domestic violence survivors, board members, volunteers, staff and even aBuffalo Bills player, all walked the runway to help raise money for HavenHouse. Haven House, Erie County's only licensed domestic violence shelter,provides services to help victims become survivors. Several of our modelsshared why Haven House is important to them.

BuffaloBills offensive lineman John Miller feels lucky for his life of successes. Hegrew up with a tight family unit but knew so many children who were not asfortunate.  He modeled at Fashion Showwith a Twist so that he could support the children less fortunate than himself.  John simplified it, "I want to give backto children because they deserve to have the very best despite theircircumstances."

Jill,a domestic violence survivor, attributes the staff at Haven House forencouraging her to escape her abuser. "At Haven House, my support systemthere felt my pain. They validated it. Every person really took the time to getto know me and care about my situation," Jill explained.  She modeled at Fashion Show with a Twist torepresent all domestic violence survivors and victims. She walked for herself,her children and her family. She celebrated how far she has come since seekinghelp.

Anotherof the amazing models was Rachael Brown from Employer Services Corporation andco-chair of the event. She is a member of Child & Family ServicesAmbassador Committee and the Class of 2014 Leadership Buffalo. Rachelexplained, "Some women come to Haven House pregnant with their firstchild. Some people come in the middle of the night with nothing but theirpajamas. Some come with children who are also suffering as a result of beingexposed to domestic violence in their own homes. All receive compassionateservices from an organization determined to help them rebuild their lives. Itwas an honor to support Haven House at Fashion Show with a Twist."

 Sinceits inception in 2009, the event has raised over a hundred thousand dollars aswell as tremendous support and awareness for domestic violence prevention.