Rock Against Violence: A Story of Hope

One of First Step Inc. largest fundraiser's is kicking off Saturday, June 27, 2015.

But before we get to the details, one woman who has overcome her own story of abuse wanted to share how this local shelter helped her in her greatest hour of need.

For her safety we will call her Marie. In the past six months she has earned her doctorate at seminary school and has a place of her own to call home, but not before suffering years of verbal and emotional abuse at the hands of her husband.

"98-percent of people go back the first year to the abuser. I don't plan to ever go back. Never." said Marie. "The anger and abuse became worse and worse and then when I came to a point I felt it was going to become physical I decided I had to leave."

"When you see them flourish and move on it makes it worthwhile. Getting up and going and being on call 24 hours, when you see the outcome that's a good one." said First Step Shelter Manager Patti Lewis.

"You see these women and how they have come so far and have come out of their shell and they do feel safe. or they do have a place for their kids to lay their head down at night and not worry that something is going to happen." said First Step Shelter Aide Victoria Thompson.

You can help support First Step at the 7th Annual Rock Against Violence event.

It's Saturday, June 27th, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Hastings Parking Lot in Wichita Falls.

There will be numerous bands including Cousin Fuzzy, Super Nova, and Shasta Shaw Blair.

There will also be live music, a raffle, and fun for kids that include face painting and sidewalk chalking.

And come hungry, hamburger and hot dog plates will be for sale for $5.

The Midwestern State Football team and Nighthawks will also be on hand to meet fans.

Money raised goes back into the shelter.