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P.O. Box 175, Buchanan, NY 10511
Gateway of Hope House of Restoration
So many young and older women need help from the pain that they are going through.
We are here to reach out to every woman that needs help, hope and healing.
Help us to save lives!
Join us and become a part of Gateway of Hope House of Restoration
Hector de Leon
Hi, my name is Keren Valentin and I am the President and founder of Gateway of Hope House of Restoration, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. We are working to raise funds for this residential home, in Westchester County, NY. Where women survivors of childhood abuse of all types and for women who are victims of rape, assault and sexual trafficking. Where they can come and reside in a safe and caring environment. Gateway of Hope House of Restoration will not just be a house but a home which will encompass a caring and loving staff, who will work with each woman on their journey towards healing. I know and understand the need for women to have a safe place where they can come and find peace, growth and healing.
Our target date, to open the home is within 2019 - 2020 if not sooner.
Gateway of Hope House of Restoration will be a healing place where we will be having healing groups, chat groups, one to one therapy and counseling sessions. Women will be encouraged to speak and share their testimonies on how they became victims and one day they will attest on how they overcame their abuse, rape or assault. We will also provide art therapy and music therapy, where women will be able to express themselves and find solace and hope for the future. Women will partake in classes to learn new ways of coping with new living skill and activities. We will also have guest speakers sharing their own testimonies on how they have overcome their past abuses; as well as speakers to help encourage and empower women. We want the women to once again live a stronger productive life, where they can set new goals, and live without fear and become empowered for the future ahead.
Women will be provided with warm meals, beds and all the necessities needed, as well as study materials. We want this home to be a place where women won’t need to worry about how to pay for their stay or their meals. Our goal is for women to focus on their healing journey without worries. We want women to know that they are valuable and worth the care that they so disparately need and long for.
Join us in reaching out to women who need a home to heal, grow and overcome their painful past.
Gateway of Hope House of Restoration:
As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and now as an adult, I know how hard it is to find a place where healing can take place. I know how hard it is for women to reach out and share their painful past. The fear of rejection, the fear of not really having someone to stand by them when they share their secrets. I know the shame and hurt that comes from all that took place, and all that was done. At the time we didn't understand that our past affected our present and our future. I know what it's like wanting to be in a place where others really know and understand, where you don’t feel ashamed or disconcerted. I also know what it feels like when you want to be in a place where comfort can be found, where a prayer can be given if asked, without being judged and looked upon as an outcast. There is nothing that you can tell me that would make me reject you or judge you and push you to the side.
Through my years of healing from childhood sexual abuse I found it difficult to find a place where I could truly find answers and truly begin to heal. I wanted a place where I could know that there were others who truly understood; who lived through some situations that I experienced. Or someone who knew about God when my questions, doubts and sanity were hanging by a thread. I wanted answers to so many, many questions that I had that brought fear and uncertainty. I wanted a place where I would feel safe and find peace, a place where they could help me find my first steps towards healing. Gateway of Hope House of Restoration will be that place. A place where you or someone you know can and will find the answers that for so long have alluded those who need answers.
As believers in God or not, we all find it difficult to heal, we're expected to believe what we are told just because we are told. We are expected to act a certain way and be a certain way, so we put on a mask and go on pretending that everything is ok when it's not. But what happens to those who really don't know how to get away for their pain and their past? What happens to those who need true answers with honesty? What happens when they can't see or understand as quickly as others do? Sadly, some go deeper into themselves creating more chaos, repeating the same cycle, feeling hopeless and lost with nowhere to turn. They feel misunderstood and at the same time they are afraid to look back and face their painful past. With no one to help them or guide them unto a better path, they become lost living in a world of darkness, believing that their lives are worthless and they give up with no hope in finding what they silently long for.
Gateway of Hope House of Restoration will be a place where you will find answers. Where you will heal through love and the comfort that others will bring you. It will be a place where walls can come down and hearts can be changed. Where your hearts will find peace! A place where you will find a new beginning to grow into who you were meant to be, without all the pain of the past. Where you will find your destiny as you see your healing take place right before your eyes. It won't be easy at times, but you won't be alone.
And so, it happened... when my heart was moved to someday have a place where survivors could go and find hope, love and healing. A vision of a Restoration House, a home for women to come and take their lives back. A safe haven and a healing place where you or someone you know can finally be free from the memories of the past and be restored. Yes! You can remember without the pain! It takes work and a choice on your part to face the past, to fight for your future and come out free from the chains that hold you back from your wholeness and a bright future.