In 2017, Brandi Powell was searching for clarity on how to help the women in her community who have survived abuse.
This all began when Brandi heard the story of Christine, a Ugandan woman who was struggling with anxiety and grief about seeing her community destroyed by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Christine knew she needed to act, or she would lose more people she loved. With mental health care thousands of miles away, she looked for others who would sit together and talk through the pain they were living in, hoping to find healing.
They met weekly for what turned into a grief group. People were opening up and beginning to heal through sharing their stories. They were also determined to learn more about the deadly virus and began educating themselves and others in the village on how to prevent its spread. Remarkably, the infection rate dropped.
Like Christine, Brandi knew she needed to make a difference with the women in her community that were without a support network. So, Brandi used her years of experience and training working with abuse survivors, along with her Life Coach Certification, to create a coherent program, called Village of the Valley.
VOTV was founded in 2017 and since then has evolved into this dynamic nonprofit, which continues to grow and thrive, having a transformative impact on the lives of women and their families across Arizona.