Joe Torre, former professional baseball player and manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, grew up with a physically abusive father. “I did not get physically abused myself. I grew up in fear because my mom did. I was shy and he would make fun of me. Whenever I saw my dad’s car in the driveway, I didn’t want to go home.” On Joe’s website, Safe at Home, you’ll find a video. Joe tells of his early life growing up in a violent home.
Joe’s Safe at Home Foundation recently opened an office on the west coast. There are currently eleven Margaret’s Place sites– safe abuse-free havens for middle and high school students. This first west coast program is in Los Angeles. Hopefully, it will spread north along the whole west coast. All children deserve a safe room where they can talk to each other and a professional counselor. If you’re in Los Angeles, or one of the cities up the coast, see how you can join or help start a new program in your area.
Molly Brown, DMS
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