Kelly Sinn, CEO for Sunrise of Pasco, welcomed survivors, family, friends, staff, and members of local law enforcement to the 21st Annual Candlelight Vigil held at Agnes Lamb Park on October 26th. The annual event celebrates survivors, honors local community members, and features The Clothesline Project.
This year’s event featured two survivors who shared their stories, performances by Saint Leo University Gold Rush Girls Dance team and singer Catherine Raley, and staff a photo booth for guests. The Clothesline Project was displayed to show the impact violence can have on survivors and their families and is a powerful reminder that violence affects all of us regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, economic status, or educational level. The event closed with a tribute in candle light to those who did not survive the violence in their life and as a way to shine a light for those still working towards peace.
Sunrise of Pasco is an equal opportunity, non-profit services provider that offers victim services free of charge. Since 1982, Sunrise of Pasco has been providing free victim services to people in the community who are hurting. Sunrise maintains a 40-bed emergency shelter to provide protection for women and children in crisis; provides free counseling services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and foster a culture of non-violence through various community engagement efforts. The agency serves thousands of women, men and children annually, when – in a better world – this kind of work would not even be necessary.