Celebrate Our Partners, Our Successes!

Jenny the running Thriver

Jenny, The Running Thriver!

Jenny, a survivor of domestic violence, attended one of Susan Omilian’s My Avenging Angel Workshops,™ supported by CT-ALIVE’s Never Going Back to Abuse Project. The work she did in the two-day workshop inspired her to continue her journey from survivor to “thriver” and pursue running again.

Starting with half and full marathons, Jenny chronicled her story on her blog, The Running Thriver and began a fundraising campaign for CT-ALIVE, Running for the Color Purple.

For many years every October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Jenny ran a race that pushes her limits as a runner and athlete. Today, CT-ALIVE has a number of ways that it supports the  free workshops and monthly activities that inspired Jenny on journey to thriving! Now her story inspires other!

Let’s help more women like Jenny thrive!




More Thriver Successes!

Other participants in Susan’s workshops have started their own businesses, returned to school to get advanced degrees in law and medicine, got new jobs at higher pay that more closely match to their skills and talents, resumed singing careers, become first-time homeowners, successfully managed their money and found new, healthy, non-abusive relationships.

Celebrate Our Partners – Funders, Sponsors, Donors

Maggie and Susan on birthday cropped

Susan & Maggie share a Care Bear birthday cake in 1985.

Each year, CT-ALIVE has a number of donors, sponsors and charity foundations that contribute to funding the very important work that CT-ALIVE does to help women take the journey beyond abuse.

For example, every August, Susan Omilian, Project Director of  CT-ALIVE’s Never Going Back to Abuse celebrates her birthday on August 23rd, a birth date she shares with her niece Maggie by asking for donations to the CT-ALIVE Scholarship Fund.  Maggie was shot and killed at age nineteen by her ex-boyfriend on a college campus in Michigan. After Maggie’s death, Susan vowed to help women who had survived abuse to move on and “thrive” as Maggie could not.

Almost every month, CT-ALIVE Board members also post birthday Facebook Fundraisers as well as participating in Giving Tuesday every year, a national effort for giving on Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

Other funders and sponsors include, among many others

  • CVS Health Foundation
  • American Saving Foundation, New Britain, CT
  • The Allstate Insurance Foundation
  • Waterford Group Charitable Foundation / Marriott Hotel Downtown Hartford
  • Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
  • Hoffman Auto Group
  • Petit Family Foundation
  • HomeGoods/Marshalls
  • Discount Power, Energy Supplier, Charitable Giving
  • Target Stores
  • Aetna Foundation

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation so that Susan can continue to offer this fabulous retreat to every woman who needs and deserves it!


Your donation is tax-deductible

The Connecticut Alliance for Victims of Violence & Their Families Inc. (CT-ALIVE), is a Connecticut non-profit corporation which is tax-exempt under Section 501 (c) (3) of the IRS Tax Code. CT-ALIVE was established in May of 2002 by a group of survivors of homicide that wanted to help other survivors heal after the horrific trauma they had experienced.

To donate to CT-ALIVE, click below to pay by credit card or send a check payable to “CT-ALIVE” to P.O. Box 330083, West Hartford, CT 06133. Your donation is tax-deductible.

For questions about your donation, please Contact Us or email ct-alive@comcast.net.

Thank you for your support!





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