In conjunction with the release of our new book “Hope Grows Here” (available on Amazon), Family Shelter Service held a writing contest asking the question “Has domestic violence affected you or someone you love?” First prize was $500, with two second prizes of $100. The response to the contest exceeded all of our expectations. We received over 300 contest submissions from every corner of the United States, as well as from the United Kingdom, India, Australia, Denmark, Brazil, and Venezuela, just to name a few. We received many excellent entries and we extend our sincerest appreciation to everyone who submitted as well as the volunteers who donated the contest prize money and worked so hard to make this come to fruition. Click here to read the winning entries.