It was an honor to be chosen as one of Oasis Celebrate women’s honoree. I received the honor not just for myself but for the many who encouraged and enabled my dream of starting a non-profit for victims of sexual abuse to happen. They too deserve recognition.

It takes a caring community to make Healing Private Wounds available to victims and families. My community includes my immediate family, my church family, my close friends, P.E.O sister and people I’ve never met yet, come to volunteer so hurting people can find peace. You not only back me but give of their time, talents and funds to allow Healing Private Wounds to exist. You are truly saints.

Sadly our serves are needed in our community yet, we are here to help. Thank you all for making a differences in hurting people’s lives. For me the whole Celebrate Women’s event was inspiring as I heard other stories of women who devoted time and energy serving others. I’m honored to be among you and thank you Oasis for bestowing this honor.

Shirley J. Petersen