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Domestic Violence Survivor/Author to Inspire Families of Holy Family Institute’s SNAP Program

Evangelist Vanessa Ford Taylor, author of Behind the Mask: A Survivor’s Story, will speak to at-risk children and parents of the Holy Family Institute’s Mckees Rocks branch Monday, June 10th at 6:30PM. Taylor will share the personal struggles documented in her memoir which include overcoming a problematic childhood and domestic violence.  “To those whose lives have been shattered and broken, you can be restored. You can heal and move on,” she encourages. 

At the age of 13, Taylor met a man who would become the father of her oldest children. Thus her battle with physical, drug and alcohol abuse began. He beat her so severely with a baseball bat that she was confined to a wheelchair and told she would never walk again.  Today, Taylor is a walking miracle who credits her recovery from the injuries and addiction to the grace of God.  She has also forgiven her abuser so that she is able to cope with her past and live for the present.  Reverend Corelia T. Armstead of the Miracle Church of God in Christ in Aliquippa, PA says, “She is one of the fortunate ones … using her testimony to help and warn others so they won’t have to go through what she went through.”

In speaking to the participants of Holy Family Institute’s award-winning SNAP (Stop Now and Plan) program, Taylor intends to us her experience as a platform to showcase the program’s evidence-based teaching of using coping methods to avoid trouble, control behavior, and effectively deal with anger by responding differently.

The special event is invitation only and will be located at 19 May Ave, Mckees Rocks PA 15136.  For more information, contact the Evangelist Taylor via email or call 724.650.0145.

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