Valentine’s Day at the Day Center
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Valentine’s Day at the Day Center

Valentine’s Day at the Day Center

Holidays at the Day Center can often be days filled with intense emotions for our clients, a longing to be with their loved ones, or a difficult reminder of the situation they are currently experiencing.

The one exception every year is Valentine’s Day, or “Galentine’s Day”, as we like to call it at the center. The reason I believe February 14th is always such a positive and light-hearted day at the day center is because this idea of Galentine’s Day aligns with the overarching philosophy and theme of the Day Center, the clients we serve, and the work we do every day of the year.

So when Valentine’s Day (aka Galentine’s Day) rolls around each year, it is just a positive reminder of how incredibly supportive and loving the day center community is, the bond that our strong and resilient women share, the love we receive from the community daily, and the immense power that stems from women supporting women.

On February 14th this year, three very special things happened:

2018-03_Valentine's DayA woman from our community brought in two beautiful bouquets of roses and the room immediately filled with happy sounds, words of appreciation, and lots of smiles. The Day Center clients shared how special they felt that someone from our community would think of them on Valentine’s Day and donate dozens of roses. They discussed how it made them feel very cared about and less alone in our greater community.

Angela, our Executive Director, and Karina, co-founder of The Sophia Way and a Board Member donated, prepared, and served lunch to the women at the Day Center. After Angela and Karina left, I was talking with some of the women and they shared that they could not believe that Angela and Karina would take time out of their busy days, especially on Valentine’s Day, to come and serve them lunch, chat with them, and even do the dishes. Karina and Angela had no obligation to be lunch volunteers that day, but they are both great examples of women who are dedicated to supporting women every day of the year.

Near the end of the day, we handed out goody bags that were made and donated by the National Charity League, which spread so much joy among the women. We also received cookies, Valentine’s Day cards, and candy from a local school and many other selfless community members. These donations were far more than just acts of kindness; they were acts of support, love, empowerment, and a big reminder that the women are surrounded by a community that deeply cares about their well-being and success.

On behalf of The Sophia Way, I would like to thank each one of you for supporting the work we are doing and for providing the amazing women we serve with encouragement and joy throughout the year.

Carla Walp

Day Center Manager