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2023 Back to School
Joanne DeLizza Memorial Drive

Life doesn’t pause or slow down in the midst of domestic violence. Parents navigating through such situations are often overwhelmed – juggling with the system, ensuring their own and their children’s safety, and striving to regain their footing. This is why, here at Women In Distress, we are committed to alleviating their burdens and enabling them to concentrate on healing and rebuilding.

As each year passes, the cost of basic school supplies and essential necessities continues to rise, placing an increasing strain on families. Remarkably, over fifty percent of the individuals we support at Women In Distress are children. Your generous donation will make a significant impact, allowing us to provide vital resources such as therapy, counseling, advocacy, essential school supplies, suitable clothing, and, above all, the reassuring knowledge that even within the present moment, a fresh start can pave the way for success in the lives of children who are survivors of domestic violence.


Joanne DeLizza devoted her life to the service of others, making a lasting impact in many different ways. With a background as a pharmacist from the University of Florida, Gainesville, she initially found purpose in healing through medicine. However, it was her role as a yoga teacher that truly exemplified her compassionate and soulful nature. A moment of great pride for her was achieving the special title of E-RYT-500, which meant she was an Experienced Yoga instructor after teaching for over 1000 hours.

She was an amazingly helpful and kind person who would go out of her way to respond to any request she heard, felt, or perceived. Joanne became an enthusiastic supporter of the mission of Women In Distress after Board of Trustee Lois Herman introduced her to the agency. Joanne’s commitment to the mission of stopping domestic violence for everyone through intervention, education and advocacy was so profound that she directed a major gift to Women In Distress in her estate plan.



June 8, 2023 @ 8:00 am
August 31, 2023 @ 5:00 pm
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