Home. We have a lot of sayings about it: home is where the heart is  or, my favorite, home is where the Wi-Fi connects automatically. It’s more than the structure you dwell in; it’s a feeling, a feeling that is supposed to be positive. It should conjure up ideas of warmth, acceptance, and happy memories.

But for some, home is a warzone.

It doesn’t matter what that house looks like or what neighborhood it’s in. Domestic violence can happen—and does happen—to people of every walk of life. And it looks different in every situation. Abuse can be physical, but it can also be spiritual, emotional, verbal, mental, sexual, or financial. The one constant is that the abuser believes they have the right to exercise control over their victim.

Being victimized doesn’t meant that you were weak; it means that someone who was supposed to love you instead decided to harm you. It is a violation of not just your body, but of your very humanity.

It doesn’t have to stay that way. There is hope and there is help.

We understand that finding safety can be difficult on many levels, and even dangerous for some. Many who have made the brave choice to start a new life, leave with just the essentials. Leaving an abuser often means that they are also leaving behind their community, their belongings—their home. Being safe is a good thing, but it’s hard to make an empty apartment feel like home.

That’s where LatterHouse Décor comes in. We are connected with local shelters who recommend our services to women who have gone through their program and are committed to their new start in life. After getting their letter of referral, members of our LatterHouse team meet with the survivors to discuss their needs and preferences. Then our decorators design a beautiful living space from donations of new, gently used, or refurbished furniture and other home goods.

Our goal is to create an environment that will support survivors of domestic violence in making their new home a place of healing and peace.

The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former,
says the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace.

—Haggai 2:9

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