WEST SPRINGFIELD — A new nonprofit aimed at tackling domestic abuse will be starting its community services on Sunday, as well as being honored with an award on Friday.
WORTH, which stands for Warriors of Renee Thibeault Herbert, was inspired by Herbert, who was fatally stabbed in April, when authorities believe she was attacked and killed by her husband in West Springfield.
At the time of Herbert’s death, many of those closest to her expressed surprise that she had been struggling with domestic violence issues.
Now, as WORTH begins to take off, its founders – who are also Herbert’s family and friends – hope to help others who are struggling with issues similar to Renee, and who feel they have no one to talk to.
The group, based in West Springfield, will connect victims of domestic abuse with services they need through an 800 number.
That number – 1-844-WORTHY2 – will be launching this Sunday, according to Denise Morton, Renee’s aunt, and a founding member of the group.
In addition to starting its new services, the group will also be receiving an award on Friday for its contributions to the surrounding community.
“Game Changers,” an award created by the Holyoke Blue Sox in collaboration with the Center for Human Development, aims to recognize every day people that affect large changes for their community.
The award will be presented to several founding members of WORTH during a pregame ceremony shortly before 6 p.m. Friday at a Blue Sox home game at Mackenzie Stadium in Holyoke.
“Join us as we honor true heroes from our community,” says the CHD website, pledging to give recognition to people who have “made a critical difference in the lives of others.”
Though they’ve only just started, WORTH’s members, who call their group a “launching pad to understanding the centrality of your worth,” hope the organization can eventually grow into something that will help people with all sorts of struggles.
Mackenzie Stadium is located at 500 Beech St. in Holyoke. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children and seniors. The ceremony begins shortly before 6 p.m.
The WORTH organization, which will be launching its phone services on Sunday, can be reached at 1-844-967-8492.