Gayle D’Ambrosio-Crabtree is a nationally recognized speaker and author. She is the founder of Hope for Healing.Org, a 501c3 nonprofit that serves victims of sexual and domestic violence. From her East Tennessee home Gayle maintains an active speaking and consulting schedule. As a survivor of sexual assault, her motivational speaking is an encouragement to others. The message of hope is “if I can, you can” and she does indeed help others to find their way to healing.
In 2002, Gayle D’Ambrosio-Crabtree was named a National Daily Point of Light. She received recognition from 2 US Presidents and from other officials. Gayle has appeared on national, regional and local television and has been written about in local newspapers and international publications. In 2007, she was named a “A Woman Worth Watching” in the international publication The Flier by the Commission on the Status and Role of Women of the United Methodist Church.
In 2005, Gayle D’Ambrosio-Crabtree moved to Strawberry Plains, Tennessee. There, she began a grassroots ministry center that was supported by an ecumenical a network of area churches and an extensive recycling program. Services provided to area poor included the distribution of food pantry boxes, free clothing and household items to area poor and marginalized. Hope for Healing.Org also distributed Angel Food, served the homeless and was an active worksite for juvenile offenders in the Restorative Justice programs of 3 East Tennessee counties.
The ministry center programs of Hope for Healing.Org are fully replicable by any church with a heart for God’s hurting people. Gayle can and does provide consulting to help churches to build their compassion evangelism programs. She conducts workshops to help the disenfranchised and victims of domestic violence reclaim their spiritual lives in Christ.
Gayle D’Ambrosio-Crabtree is a founding member of the Holston Conference Domestic Violence Task Force of the United Methodist Church. She is an in demand speaker and trainer who equips clergy to better respond to victims of domestic violence within their congregations.
Drawing on a decade and a half of experience in the field, she helps pastors understand the unique challenges faced by Christian victims. In her workshops pastor learn to recognize the symptoms of domestic violence and understand the cycle. She teaches pastors how to create a safety plan with a victim of domestic violence and helps pastors understand about what to expect when making a referral to a local domestic violence program.
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