In the United States, one in three women and one in four men have experienced some form of physical violence from an intimate partner. Nobody ever expects to be in those relationships, but nobody expects how hard it is to leave one. This is where a moving company in San Luis Obispo, California makes a world of difference.
How Meathead Movers Helps Victims of Domestic Violence
Meathead Movers is made up of student athletes: athletes who actually jog when not carrying objects. According to the official website, the company is proud to offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. It also offers a free service for any domestic violence victims who are struggling to get out.
“I received calls from women who wanted to escape from their abusive relationships. I would be on the phone, talking to them, hearing their stories in a trembling voice,” said Meathead Movers CEO and co-owner Aaron Steed CNN.
However, Steed and his brother Evan Steed, who co-founded the company more than two decades ago, admit they are not experts on domestic violence. So while they are there to help victims change their living situation, whenever they move, they also bring law enforcement with them.
One woman who used Meathead Movers in 2019 was Lori, a mother of two who was afraid of her husband. After 11 years of this type of treatment, she knew she had to get out. Unfortunately, she had less than $100 to her name.
“I started to believe all the things he said about me over the years and years and years,” she said Crime Watch Daily. “When I decided to go I wasn’t sure where we would live or where I would work. He was shocked because he controlled every aspect of my life.”
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“When a victim tries to leave, they take back their power and control. An abuser will do whatever he really thinks necessary to maintain that power and control. And that’s when it’s most dangerous,” said Beth Raub of the Women’s Shelter Program of the publication.
Enter Meathead Movers who came and helped Lori get all her stuff and leave. “They were definitely my heroes that day,” the mother added, breaking down in tears. “Just give [my kids] Her home, wherever we were, it was just amazing.”
How local businesses set big goals
Lori’s story is not unique. The company has helped countless women over the years and works with eight women’s shelters and organizations in Central and Southern California. One center, the Marjaree Mason Center, revealed itself CNN that the company helped them move 60 families in 2019 alone.
“It takes partners like Meathead Movers to move up,” Nicole Linder, the center’s executive director, told the outlet. “What I appreciate is that they challenged others to lead the way,” she continued. “It is imperative that businesses donate some of their time and resources to help survivors live prosperous lives.”
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That’s why Meathead Movers is asking 100 other local businesses to get involved by providing free services to those in need.
“There is no limit to how people and businesses can contribute to the needs of victims and survivors of domestic violence,” Aaron Steed said in a Q&A on the company’s official website.
“If you would like to make a monetary donation to the cause please contact your local domestic violence shelters, they can always use more support in that capacity. If you would like to offer services but are unsure how they can help, please feel free to email us. We would be happy to advise you on how you or your company can help.”
How one company proves the importance of leading with compassion
One reason this story is so heartwarming is that it completely turns the “meathead” stereotype on its head. These muscular student athletes are intimidating and powerful, which combined with law enforcement is exactly what you want in a situation where a domestic abuse victim is trying to leave. But they’re also obviously a team of compassionate church leaders, and the world could use more people like them.
By embracing the idea of giving back to the community and leading by example, this company inspires and motivates more businesses to do the same to those who need it most.
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Of course you don’t have to be an entrepreneur to make a difference. As Steed himself said, services and donations to local domestic violence shelters are always needed and appreciated. It’s also important to remember that domestic violence can affect anyone. If you are a victim, don’t be afraid to ask for help. And if you know someone going through this, be the support they need and help them get the help they need.
At the end of the day, strength is in numbers, and nothing saps the power of a single offender quite like a strong community coming together.
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