Leaving an abuser takes courage.
Staying away requires practical solutions.

That’s where we come in.

88% of survivors return to their abusers, largely due to financial pressure.

Shine is here to change that. Working in emergency shelters, we provide free financial education to address survivors’ day-to-day needs. Our tips and tools help survivors build credit, save money, and search for employment so they can get back on their feet and leave the cycle of domestic violence for good.

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100% of every $1 has gone to support our financial programs for survivors. And, for every $1 spent in time and cash, we have generated a 17% return in value to our partner sites—all on a 100% volunteer basis. And, we’re just getting started!

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SURVIVOR SPOTLIGHT

Meet Mary, who was trafficked in the commercial sex industry, aka the “life”, since she was young.

CHALLENGE:

Having no formal work history and little education made it difficult for Mary to financially support herself and her 6-month old child outside the “life”.

SHINE’S SOLUTION:

We helped Mary set goals and build budgeting skills, all while addressing Mary’s emotional relationship with money.

SURVIVOR SPOTLIGHT

Meet Amy, an immigrant with limited English fluency and PTSD from the abuse.

CHALLENGE:

Former financial abuse left her with little to no knowledge of the kind of work she could do to make a living.

SHINE’S SOLUTION:

We engaged her in vocational goal-setting as a starting point, so that she could envision a positive, alternate future.

SURVIVOR SPOTLIGHT

Meet Tara: a college educated, unemployed, single mother of two.

CHALLENGE:

Her abuser had racked up debt under her name, thereby destroying her credit.

SHINE’S SOLUTION:

We worked with Tara to review the steps and resources to repairing her credit. At the same time, her children were allowed in the class so that Tara could attend regularly.

Our Partners

In pursuit of our mission, we’ve had the privilege of working with many
organizations, including…