When I walked in, I was mesmerized by the colors of the crafts being sold and the delicious smell of traditional foods. I was pleasantly surprised to see a good number of individuals already present, and anxiously waiting to eat. I tried containing my excitement and sat down to listen what Lorena and the participants had to say. The survivors’ stories were moving; they are strong and truly resilient women. They had all experienced some sort of violence and are using our services to move towards a life free of violence and establish economic independence. Overall, these survivors feel that VIP has been a source of abundant support and has taught them life skills that can allow them to ensure a better future. I loved seeing all the survivors’ handmade creations. I believe that ArteSanando gives us a small glimpse into the way VIP is helping to transform lives; it allows us to see the fruition of our collective work. ArteSanando participant Justina said, “If it were not for VIP I would probably still be living in an abusive situation.” This statement is so powerful. This statement validates that we are creating a positive change. At VIP, our mission is “to lead Latina victims of domestic violence to safety, empower them to live free of violence and reach and sustain their full potential. We pursue our mission by raising community awareness, engaging in activism and providing culturally competent services”. ArteSanando embodies our mission by empowering survivors and involving the larger community in the effort to end domestic violence. I hope that this event was just as impactful to those who attended as it has been for me. I was truly moved by the strength and courage of the participants. I felt proud to be serving an organization who is actively and passionately fulfilling their mission.