With an ultimate mission to save the lives of women who have been affected by domestic violence, The FLOW Foundation Inc. leads in educating, empowering, and assisting them in any way possible. From securing emergency housing to guiding women toward a better life through spiritual healing and growth, the organization handles it.
For the Lives of Women, better known as The FLOW Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit organization and resource center established by Kisha Barrett of Chicago, Illinois, for domestic violence awareness and prevention. What moved Kisha to establish the organization was a very personal experience for their family. Her sister Kleo Barrett, her lifelong best friend, was killed by a man who claimed that he loved her. “I could not save my sister’s life, but I can help save someone else’s,” says the founder. With this in mind, she founded an organization with a mission revolving around education, empowerment, and assistance for women suffering from domestic violence, including emotional, sexual, physical, and economic abuses.
The organization not only provides traditional services of a resource center such as assisting in emergency and transitional housing or shelter for victims but also provides a wide range of services to keep victims safe, self-sufficient, and empowered. Moreover, it also guides victims in dealing with legal matters and provides emotional support through counseling and support groups.
What makes The FLOW Foundation Inc. different is that it takes on a holistic approach in pursuing its mission. It even explores the spiritual aspect of growth. This resource center looks into “providing a serene, comforting, and peaceful atmosphere where women can heal, strengthen, and grow within first.” With that in mind, the organization provides classes and workshops for yoga, meditation, self-esteem and confidence-building, business and entrepreneurship, and self-defense.
FLOW believes in equipping victims with the right skills and knowledge that will directly help them prevent and battle against domestic violence and any form of abuse that may come into their lives once more.
The organization describes domestic violence as “an epidemic affecting mostly women in every community regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, race, religion, or nationality.” However, The FLOW Foundation also highlights that domestic violence does not discriminate, and this unfortunate situation can happen to anyone.
With a deep and personal understanding of how domestic violence consequences can affect generations and may even last a lifetime, the founder seeks to make a difference by providing programs and services at no cost. All the services are based on grants, donations, and contributions from groups and communities dedicated to the same cause.
Indeed, The FLOW Foundation Inc. holds a very special place in the founder’s heart. Her firsthand experience in losing a loved one from domestic violence has been life-changing. Now, she hopes to effect a significant change for others. “It is now my life’s mission and purpose to help empower, educate, and ultimately, eradicate domestic violence,” says Kisha Barrett. With that, the organization seeks to spread awareness that the first step to eradicating this prevalent issue is prevention. It also urges people to get involved in this social issue through volunteering, donations, and other forms of contributions.
To know more about The FLOW Foundation Inc., visit its official website.