MEET THE FOUNDER
Hi! I'm Jennifer, and welcome to Hagar's Heart. Years ago, Hagar’s Heart was an idea planted in my head to create a space for women, where they join with others to feel seen, valued, and loved.
In 2018, after 20 years in education, it became evident that I was being called to a different place. My heart was changing. It was seeking another way to take care of others. Little did I know, a dream I had so many years ago was about to come true. I became a full-time mom, a gift that I had always wanted, but never came to fruition.
However, something was still missing. Through a lot of reading, quiet time, and nudges, Hagar's Heart was born.
Hagar's Heart began in May of 2020 during the Covid lockdown. I never imagined by the end of 2021, we would have touched the lives of more than 1,300 women whose lives had been affected by domestic violence.
Hagar’s Heart is my story – my journey of being brave enough to overcome an abusive situation. Recognizing that emotional, financial and psychological abuse were domestic violence. Domestic violence is more than a black eye. A tangled cycle of abuse. Fear. Self-doubt. I wondered if I would ever be enough. Could I do this on my own?
My answer: YES. Not only would I make it, but I said, “If I can help one woman not go through all that I did, then I did my job.”
As a survivor who didn't think I had the strength to face the truth, I took the leap anyway, and my life became one of worth, love, and being seen for who I was: Jennifer, a woman with purpose and a testimony. Healing from domestic abuse is not a sprint, but a carefully paced marathon. As a survivor, I advocate for every survivor to know: You are seen. You are worthy. You are loved.
I do this for my family so they have the best of me.
I do this for my children; so they will learn they are seen, valued, and loved, no matter what others say.
I do this for women who do not have a voice.
Self-care is a necessity. Hagar's Heart is here to bring it back into existence for those who have forgotten.