To end domestic violence by empowering and educating our communities with advocacy, outreach and prevention initiatives.
Girls Recognizing Our Worth Foundation, Inc.® (G.R.O.W.) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia and New Jersey, the native hometown of founder Neisha Himes. Our mission is to connect individuals and families affected by domestic violence with the resources needed to lead a safe and productive life free from abuse. These resources are, but not limited to: emergency shelter assistance, housing referrals, daily living necessities, one-on-one advocacy and survivor support groups. Recognizing that domestic violence affects us all, we are dedicated to helping victims and survivors from all walks of life, regardless of gender, race, sexuality, religion, or economic background. In appreciation of our fellow community partners, G.R.O.W. also works to support local organizations in their efforts to eradicate domestic violence. At G.R.O.W, we have embraced the commitment of advocacy through education, collaboration, and the empowerment of our community and beyond.
About The Founder
After leaving an abusive and toxic relationship in 2012, Neisha Himes decided to use her harrowing experience to help other domestic violence survivors. She began telling her story through spoken word poetry– performing at open mics and various events (using the moniker “Beautiful Dizaster) where she met and bonded with other survivors.
She also volunteered at a local domestic violence shelter where she created a journaling group to encourage self-expression and healing through writing. She later became certified as a Human Trafficking Victim Advocate with the Virginia Beach Justice Initiative. Then in 2016, Neisha founded G.R.O.W. Foundation to connect individuals and families affected by domestic violence with resources and services needed to lead a safe and productive life free from abuse. The organization has since helped countless victims of domestic violence get back on their feet and provided them healing and hope.
To learn more about victims’ rights and how to assist survivors with navigating through the legal system, Neisha served as a Domestic Violence Victim Advocate for the Norfolk Commonwealth Attorney’s Office and a Domestic Violence Paralegal for the Chesapeake Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. In April 2020, she joined the Newport News Police Department as their Domestic Violence Outreach Liaison, playing a vital role in the creation of the agency’s newly implemented domestic violence program.
Since creating G.R.O.W, Neisha has received several notable accolades for her incredible advocacy work and relentless activism. In 2016, she was recognized by Investigation Discovery (in collaboration with People magazine) as their “Inspire A Difference: Hero of the Month,” and in 2017, was also featured on PBS channel’s “Virginia Currents.” In 2019, she was the recipient of YWCA’s “Woman of Distinction Award”, as well as the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence “Voices In Action-Survivor Activist Award”. In October 2020, she was interviewed by Essence magazine in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
In her spare time, Neisha continues to bring awareness by speaking out against domestic violence on social media, as well as lending her voice for empowerment workshops, seminars, conferences, schools, and community awareness events.
Neisha’s unwavering dedication to ending domestic violence and her passion to helping others is the driving force behind G.R.O.W.’s mission. She will stop at nothing to help survivors overcome the physical and emotional effects of domestic violence and provide them with the support and care they need and deserve.