Homelessness and abuse can cause depression, anxiety and mental illness. The Shade Tree offers refuge for women and children in dire circumstances.
Though Sandra Quiroz has a busy schedule with her regular job and her work as a doTERRA Wellness Advocate, she still sets aside time and energy to volunteer in her community. Currently, Sandra is volunteering at The Shade Tree, a shelter in Southern Nevada where homeless or abused women and their children come for aid.
The Shade Tree provides several programs and services designed to help those struggling with homelessness, abuse, or in crisis situations. The shelter offers day shelter, emergency shelter, and transitional shelter programs for women and children as they recover from violent relationships and situations. Sandra volunteers to help anywhere she can within the shelter, and devotes a lot of her time to assist with The Shade Tree’s events. Since the shelter is a nonprofit organization, Sandra helps with fundraising and events that raise awareness—which allow the shelter’s programs to continue running.
For victims who have been caught in the cycle of domestic violence, physical and emotional assistance is often essential to rehabilitation. When victims escape situations of domestic violence, they often need medical attention, counseling, and help to rebuild their lives. Domestic violence not only leaves physical scarring, but it can inflict emotional damage that lasts for years. According to a study published in the journal Depression and Anxiety, when a woman is a victim of domestic violence, her risk for developing depression doubles, and her risk for Schizophrenia triples.1 Even after domestic violence victims escape violent relationships and their physical wounds heal, feelings of anxiety and depression that contribute to mental illnesses can still be present.
Women and children in Southern Nevada are often brought to The Shade Tree by local police, social service agencies, and even local doctors or hospitals. The community knows that women can receive the treatment and help they need at the shelter, through the organization’s many programs.
Sandra feels passionate about her volunteer work and helping the women and children at the center. She says, “To me, volunteering is not just a feel-good opportunity, but also a school of learning. If you open your heart and your mind, you can learn new things about life and yourself.” Sandra’s work serves as an inspiration to other Wellness Advocates, and others in her community. To donate to The Shade Tree’s cause or learn how you can get involved, visit their website.