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Taking Initiative: My Motivation to Serve with Twin City Mission

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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at TAMU chapter.

*This article talks about domestic violence. Please be advised when reading.*

I was first exposed to the terrors of domestic violence through a film I watched when I was about 12 years old. It was a scene that, to this day, remains imprinted in my mind. Years later, I struggle to grapple with the idea of brutality, with the idea that people are capable of such seemingly inhumane acts. It is devastating…and it triggers something so unimaginably intense – a sort of passion that prompts me to want to eradicate this injustice in whatever way I can.

According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, “among mothers with children experiencing homelessness, more than 80% had previously experienced domestic violence.”  The interconnectedness between the prevalence of unhoused, vulnerable, and abused populations is profound; unfortunately, many socioeconomic and political barriers continue to persist and have allowed these problems to fester. Living in a country in which tens of millions live below the poverty line, I’d thought I’d have a more staggering sense of awareness of the plights they face on a daily basis. When I got to college, it became my goal to seek out ways in which I could better understand and address these issues at the grassroots level. After gaining a foothold in a community service organization at Texas A&M University, I began to uncover the immense potential of local non-profits and eventually came across Twin City Mission. I was immediately engaged. 

Twin City Mission, located in Bryan, TX, was established in 1963 and originally served as a shelter for homeless men. Over the decades, this non-profit has expanded its programs to encompass and address a wider range of “existing, identified needs,” such as homelessness and domestic violence, catering to highly underserved and vulnerable communities. I recently reached out and was able to learn more about how we could serve and make tangible change at the local level. In my brief phone call with their representative, I understood the gravity of the trauma many clients of Twin City experience. Within the first several minutes, it became apparent the value that this non-profit holds for so many within the Bryan-College Station area – for supporters and survivors alike. 

Now, with our first volunteering event just around the corner, I feel incredible gratitude for the empowering vision that this non-profit embodies. True, selfless service presents itself in many forms, and I believe Twin City Mission serves through the compassion it has and the hope it instills in those who need it most in Bryan.

Sarayu Malireddy is a writer for the Her Campus chapter of Texas A&M University. In addition to reviewing books, film, and other entertainment, she dedicates the majority of her pieces to detailing personal and academic experiences. She looks forward to using her writing to capture often-overlooked stories and to highlight marginalized voices within her campus network and local community. Outside of her experience with Her Campus, Sarayu serves as a leading officer of a community service organization and volunteers as a crisis counselor with Crisis Text Line. An avid wellness advocate, she recently joined Mental Health Collaborative, a nonprofit, to help with marketing and outreach in efforts to destigmatize and improve access to essential mental health care. She has also conducted research in various scientific disciplines, and after receiving a Bachelor of Science in Genetics from TAMU, Sarayu hopes to continue this passion and contribute to advancements in the field of medicine both in professional school and beyond. When she's not browsing for thrillers and 90s rom-coms on Netflix with her roommates, she's probably downing green tea or espresso shots or trying to make the perfect omelet. She adores blasting classical music during almost any solo car ride and is always ready for a quick game of table tennis... or normal tennis.