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Voters help Response strengthen its mission

Dear Editor,I feel the need to speak, inscribe, and therefore solidify my gratitude. I’d like to say thank-you to Rachel Richards, Mick Ireland, Mike Connelly, Nan Sundeen and everyone who worked so hard on the Helping From the Heart campaign to successfully pass Referendum 1A. Response, the nonprofit that helps victims of domestic violence, just finished a round of volunteer training last week. I think Susannah Cyrus said it best when, on the last night of training, she told our group of trainees how blessed she felt to be a part of this community and that as she filled in her yes vote on her ballot that day, she physically felt the power of that vote and what it meant to be a part of such a caring community. This community has just reaffirmed her conviction, so I also thank Susannah, and all of our volunteers and advocates who give so much to Response and our clients, without whom we could not operate.I also need to thank our partners – Aspen Police Department, and all 24 businesses – 520 Grill, Altitude Salon, Aspen Candy Co., Aspen City Hall, Aspen Denim Exchange, Aspen Fire Department, The Aspen Times, Big Wrap, Boden’s Butter, Cos Bar, Eagle Springs Organic, Hair Brainz, Hub of Aspen, INK Coffee, Koto Fashion, Koto Gift & Gadget, Paradise Bakery, Queen B Salon, RFTA @ Ruby Park, Shelter Mountain, The Sports Center, The Thrift Shop and Ute Mountaineer – who participated in the “It’s Hard to See the Light, When You’re Lost in the Dark” awareness campaign by providing informational materials about domestic violence and displaying purple lights in their windows in October, therefore allowing us the opportunity to promote the conversation during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.Finally, I’d like to thank Rochelle Obechina of KSPN for having me on the radio Oct. 12, and the woman who subsequently sent this letter:Dear Rochelle, I just wanted to say thank you for having the woman from Response on the radio. When I heard her talk about abuse and what it feels like, I realized that’s been my life for the last 3 – 5 years. It saddened and awakened me at the same time. It was the final push for me to make that step toward divorce and moving out.It’s not an easy decision, as you know, and I have 2 kids to help get through this, but it’s time.I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate your honesty on the air and the good work you do.If you helped me that day, I’m sure there are other women who heard your message and will change their lives.Lauren Mberekoexecutive director, Response