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…And Our Successes!

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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.

Each October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Jenny has run a race that pushes her limits as a runner and athlete. In past years, Jenny has raised as much as $1,000 for CT-ALIVE to support the free workshops that inspired her journey to thriving!



More 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 Susan and Maggie’s Birthday with a Donation!

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

Each year, CT-ALIVE Founder and Project Director Susan Omilian celebrates her birthday on August 23rd which 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.  This innovative work which provides free services to women is supported by CT-ALIVE.

The CT-ALIVE scholarship fund is for women who cannot afford to pay rental fees charged by Mercy Center in Madison Connecticut where a private retreat weekend is held in May and September each year.  The weekend gives women time to relax, re-energize and reconnect.

One of the participants described the weekend retreat experience for her as:

“I take this slice of serenity, the sound of the ocean and the fellowship and sharing of friends with me to fortify me when I am feeling burdened or unsure. Knowing that a group of women cared and supported me, encouraged and loved me gives me great strength. Feeling worthy is the souvenir I take home.”

The CT-ALIVE  scholarship fund provides a source of funds for retreat goers with eligibility based on economic need. A recipient of a scholarship agrees to repay the fund, if possible, so as to benefit others in the future.

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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