Back in 1997, brothers, Aaron and Evan Steed were looking for a way to earn a few bucks. So the high school athletes started helping people move. It wasn’t just the typical family or couple making a move – they found themselves receiving phone calls from women who were desperate to move – and quick because of abusive relationships.
Many of these women couldn’t afford professional movers. Often the circumstances called for quick and sudden moves – before the husband returned.
It is a scene that has played out far too many times. More often than not, domestic violence is considered the ‘hidden crime’. Mostly, it goes unreported – like a silent thief in the middle of the night – largely due to FEAR. Safe Horizon describes domestic violence as a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence.
That violence caused a chain reaction of events that led the Steed bothers to establish a moving company – Meathead Movers – that provides free services to the victims of domestic violence. They’ve taken it even further by getting other companies and services involved – from security alarms, auto-mechanic services, to realtor expertise for their next home, and even kennel services for their pets. The campaign is entitled #MoveToEndDV. Watch an interview on YouTube.
“These moves became very personal to us, made all the employees so proud, and became part of our mission statement.” The same services are offered to any victim of domestic violence–male or female,” stated Aaron Steed.
The numbers are staggering all across America.
More than 4 million women experience physical assault and rape by their partners. 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime.
You might be surprised to know that men are victims of nearly 3 million physical assaults every year. More than 3 million children witness domestic violence in their homes.
Domestic violence costs more than $37 billion a year in law enforcement involvement, legal work, medical and mental health treatment, and lost productivity at work.
The Next Leap Forward
Just one visit to their website and chances are you’ll be hooked. These guys are doing it right! With a focus on helping victims that suffer domestic violence – it didn’t stop there! The Steed brothers went even further with the establishment of the Cinderella Fund. It provides grants to children whose families are suffering hardship.
Whether it’s the child of a single mom who escaped domestic violence with the aid our local women’s shelter programs or one with a parent stricken with cancer, we aim to help these children fulfill their dreams by providing resources to nurture their development in athletics, the arts, and education. We donate $1 per box packed by our Princesses, and the fund is administered by non-profits in the communities we serve – is written on their website.
You must realize that people do business with people they like and admire. Why wouldn’t you give your business to such caring people? All of this has resulted in one of the fastest growing moving companies in America.
Aaron and Evan Steed are Brink Thinkers that are clearly making the world a better place. I applaud all of their incredible efforts, and their tenacity to pull off what many would see as an enormous task – coming to the aid of people in distress.
Now try doing that in your area – and make a profit by doing so – almost sounds like a Vegas magic act!
“We’re so excited about it,” said Aaron. “It brings so much more purpose and passion to our lives and if we can be an example for others, that is so much better.”