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Luggage drive provides hope, healing

ESCAPING DOMESTIC ABUSE — People escaping domestic abuse often leave with no personal belongings. After receiving clothes and toiletries from the Family Advocacy Center, clients need a way to transport them to a safe place. Sandia staff donated more than 120 suitcases, duffle bags and backpacks to help them during the luggage drive in January. “The actual luggage allows the client the ability to move forward with dignity and hope,” said Bev McMillan, pictured, family advocacy manager of United Way of Central New Mexico.
Image of Angel Urbina drops off luggage at the luggage drive
SHOWING UP FOR THE COMMUNITY — Systems engineer Angel Urbina drops off luggage to help the clients who seek services from the Family Advocacy Center, which helps victims of domestic violence break the cycle of abuse in their lives by providing resources, guidance and support to help them get to safety, become independent and heal.