HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - For 10 years, AshaKiran has been working to help foreign-born nationals in crises, "such as domestic violence and sexual assault, by providing specific culturally sensitive services."
The non-profit, headquartered in Huntsville, operates an emergency shelter and a 24-hour crisis "Hope-Line."
The organization also offers training workshops to first-responders , health and legal professionals, other shelters and community groups - anyone interested in learning how to better assist those facing language and cultural barriers to service.
As part of this mission, AshaKiran initiated a state-wide human chain event against domestic violence.
Now in its second year, the local event will take place at Big Spring Park East in Huntsville at 2pm on Sunday, October 2.
This is a free, family-friendly event and the entire community is asked to attend in a show of support. It will include a few speakers, even a flash mob.
It will culminate with everyone holding hands to form a human chain and taking a pledge to end domestic violence.
As an added show of support, you're invited to wear purple - the color of Domestic Violence Awareness month.
If you can't attend, but you'd still like to help, AshaKiran is always looking for volunteers, especially those who speak another language. Volunteers can serve as little or as much as they'd like. There are more than 36 languages and 100 dialects represented in the volunteer base.
Another way to participate in the effort is to make a donation of a shelter "wish list" item.
Finally, if you or someone you know needs help, please reach out. There are people trained to help you.
The 24-hour "Hope-Line" number is 256-509-1882.