Kindness of a Stranger


Thursday, February 15, 2018 – 8:45am

Long Beach, CA


WomenShelter of Long Beach recognizes that fleeing domestic violence is intimidating, lonely, and much more. It is for this reason that we attempt to do our very best at ensuring that each and every client who seeks our support and shelter feels welcomed.  Every new client receives a WSLB Welcome Bag at orientation.  As I shopped for more WSLB Welcome Bag items at Target, I met an incredibly kind woman named Marty.

As I stood in line at the cash register with a cart full of personal care items and other goodies, the woman in front of me turns to me and asks,

“Those are a lot of goodies! Why do you have so many of the same items?”

I told her that I work for a domestic violence agency named WomenShelter of Long Beach and explained to her how we give our clients WSLB Welcome Bags upon their arrival at our Domestic Violence Resource Center in Bixby Knolls and at our emergency shelter.  After sharing this information Marty shares that she is familiar with our organization and attended one of our Domestic Violence Awareness Month Candlelight Vigils.  Marty shares how our event opened her eyes to the reality of domestic violence and made a huge impact on her life.  She thanked me for all the work that we do as she finished up her transaction.

As the cashier begins to scan the few of many items for our clients, Marty approaches me and asks,

“I don’t mean to overstep, but can I pay for these items?”

I was taken aback by her kindness and generosity, so it took me a moment to process what she was asking me.  After a brief moment, I thank her for her generosity and reassure her that it is not necessary. Marty then says,

“It is the least I can do.  Please, let me do this for you and the families you serve.”

Yes, every day, members of our community – individuals, families, businesses, etc. – provide us with the support and morale boost to continue working towards eliminating domestic violence and providing support for all victims, including women, men, children, families, and members of the LGBTQ community.  Today, Marty made a difference in the lives of many.  Marty, your kindness and generosity will always be remembered and treasured!

On behalf of WomenShelter of Long Beach and the victims/survivors that we serve, thank you so much.


– Nina Taweepong, WomenShelter of Long Beach Executive Assistant


Join WSLB for a night of music, laughs, and holiday cheer!

Miracle on Anaheim Street – An Improv Comedy variety Show benefiting WomenShelter of Long Beach

Join WSLB for a night of music, laughs, and holiday cheer!

Long Beach Playhouse and Held2gether, Improv for Life are teaming up for the 3rd Annual “Miracle on Anaheim Street”, a holiday variety to show to benefit WomenShelter of Long Beach. Long Beach’s premiere comedy troupe, Held2gether will perform a dozen holiday themed comedic improv scenes, sketches and musical numbers to ring in the holiday sprit and celebrate WSLB’s great mission.

We hope to see you all there!

To purchase presale tickets please visit here.


Local event recognized victims of domestic-violence incidents and promoted prevention strategies | Signal Tribune Newspaper

About two weeks ago, the gated community of Island Village– on the border of Seal Beach in southeast Long Beach– was rocked with the sound of gunfire when a husband fatally shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself in an apparent murder-suicide.

Wayne Havron, a 53-year-old off-duty Los Angeles Fire Department captain, was the suspect in the killing of Sidette Havron, his 45-year old wife who later succumbed to her injuries in the hospital.

It was another example of a perilous circumstance turned fatal– and many recognized the act as another case of domestic violence. Havron and victims of abusive relationships were honored in an event last Friday.

The WomenShelter of Long Beach hosted its 11th Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month Event on Oct. 6 at the Teachers Association of Long Beach headquarters in an event that recognized the lives of those impacted by domestic violence and raised awareness about the issue to help prevent potential abuse…

Thank you to Denny Cristales and the Signal Tribune for this informative article covering our LOVE IS… event.

Read more at the Signal Tribune.

Source: Local event recognized victims of domestic-violence incidents and promoted prevention strategies | Signal Tribune Newspaper