BRAVO staff recently had the opportunity to visit The Cocoon, an agency and shelter serving survivors of domestic and sexual violence here in Ohio. We made the trip to connect and train a new volunteer who, as it turns out, became the first ever satellite HelpLine team member! We were welcomed by staff members and the Executive Director, Michelle Clossick, and were provided with a complete overview of The Cocoon’s expansions, new building space, and heard first hand of The Cocoon’s commitment to creating a space for survivors that is inclusive to all gender identities.
The Cocoon lives in Wood County, in the northwest corner of the state. They share the neighborhood with Bowling Green State University and are surrounded by the corn and soy bean fields that moat most of our prominent cities and metropolitan centers. In addition to a 24-hour crisis hotline, The Cocoon offers advocacy, support, and emergency safe housing for survivors. They are currently in the process of expanding into a new space, and it incidentally brought to mind an actual cocoon. The building is discreet from an onlooker’s perspective but inside there is powerful energy, intention, and a strong team of voices united behind the cause of empowering those impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault.
BRAVO serves all of Ohio and in doing this have the privilege of staying connected and working alongside agencies, like The Cocoon, who are fiercely serving their communities in remarkable ways. Reaching out to connect with agencies who serve minority communities, communities of color, and LGBTQ agencies can be a great way to get connected. As the political climate continues to shift, support for these populations becomes as important as ever.
If you’d like to learn more about opportunities to volunteer here at BRAVO, email Will Varnum or call our local number during office hours: (614) 294-7867.
Take good care,