Tallahassee, Florida March 28, 2016 — Though Mother’s Day is intended to be a joyous occasion for women across the country, thousands of moms will be overlooked on this special holiday because they are forced to live in shelters as a result of domestic abuse or homelessness.
Heartbreaking statistics from the Domestic Violence Resource Center state that one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, and an estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year. According to a national study from the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, approximately 25 percent of homeless women are homeless because of violence in the home.
To ensure moms in crisis receive the love and appreciation they deserve this Mother’s Day, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® – Tallahassee is hosting its Movers for Moms® collection drive to provide critical gifts to local women staying in community shelters this spring.
This year, the Tallahassee moving company is working with local businesses to collect essential and comfort items for women staying at The HOPE Community, a Division of the Big Bend Homeless Coalition
The HOPE Community, located at 2729 West Pensacola Street, is a residential facility with support services for homeless families with children and homeless single women. They provide food and shelter for up to 140 people at a time, giving residents the option to stay for up to six months, while working on individual goals to work their way into stable housing.
In the last seven years, more than 1,200 HOPE Community residents have moved out into stable housing of their own (including 500 children).
This spring marks the ninth anniversary of Movers for Moms®. Since its introduction, the program has expanded to 30 states and more than 130 franchises. Last year was the program’s most successful year-to-date, with more than 210,000 items collected for donation to 100 shelters across 30 states. This year, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is seeking to collect more than 300,000 items for moms in need across the country.
Follow Movers for Moms® online at www.facebook.com/MoversforMoms or @MoversforMoms.
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the largest franchised moving company both in the United States and internationally. Currently there are 319 national locations and 2,300 trucks operating in the U.S.; in total, the company operates more than 340 locations and 2,600 trucks. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has performed more than 5.5 million moves since its inception in 1985. The company has seen consistent monthly growth dating back to December 2009 and more than 53 consecutive months of record growth. Each location is independently owned and operated.