Join the Mission: Chip Bialzak’sJourney of Advocacy
Chip Bialzak embodies the essence of compassion and empowerment as he dedicates his time to volunteering at Domestic Violence Services. For Chip, this role isn’t just about advocacy – it’s about giving survivors the tools they need to make informed decisions, providing support, and letting them know they’re not alone. As a devoted advocate, Chip works diligently with survivors, guiding them through the complex landscape of PFA court hearings.
His mission is clear
His mission is clear: to ensure that those without legal representation feel empowered as they navigate their initial hearings.
Chip’s commitment began in 2021 after retiring from a successful career in the restaurant industry. Seeking a meaningful outlet, he discovered Domestic Violence Services and embarked on a journey to become an advocate. From early morning to late afternoon, Chip is a pillar of strength for survivors. His role extends beyond the courtroom – he’s there to demystify the process, discuss options, and provide emotional support. With a background in business and logistics, Chip brings a unique perspective to the courtroom.
However, he’s not content with resting on his laurels; he actively engages in trauma-informed training, ensuring that survivors feel heard, valued, and understood. Chip’s commitment to helping others stems from a deep desire to stand in someone else’s corner, advocating for their best interests. Through his dedication, he’s learned that advocacy is a two-way street – not only does he uplift others, but he also experiences personal growth and fulfillment.
For Chip, every survivor’s journey represents an opportunity for change and progress. He hopes to inspire others to believe in the system and spread the word about Domestic Violence Services. His ultimate goal is to create a ripple effect of support and awareness, ensuring that survivors find the help they deserve.
While Chip finds fulfillment in his work, he acknowledges that failures hold valuable lessons. Moments where he hasn’t been able to reach a survivor drive him to introspection, prompting him to refine his approach and improve his advocacy skills. To those considering becoming advocates, Chip’s message is one of encouragement. He emphasizes that with dedication, training, and a little effort, you can profoundly impact someone’s life.
As he beautifully puts it, “You’re learning a lot, you’re just becoming a smarter, better person overall. Then the better you are, the more you can help other people. So it’s a relationship that works both ways to me, you’re helping people, and you’re getting helped at the same time.” Chip Bialzak’s story is a testament to the power of empathy, education, and unwavering support. His commitment to uplifting survivors shines as a guiding light, inspiring us all to make a positive difference in the lives of those who need it most.
If you are experiencing domestic abuse, contact our 24-hour hotline by calling 717-299-1249 or text SAFE to 61222
About Domestic Violence Services (DVS) of Lancaster County
DVS is a catalyst to eliminate domestic violence in Lancaster County through direct service, advocacy, and social change. DVS offers 24/7 hotline and text line, emergency shelter, counseling, children’s programming, legal advocacy and representation, and transitional housing. All services are free of charge and strictly confidential. DVS hosts professional trainings and community education and prevention sessions for schools, businesses and community and faith-based organizations. For more information, visit caplanc.org/DVS.
About the Community Action Partnership (CAP) of Lancaster County
The Community Action Partnership is Lancaster County’s largest anti-poverty organization, helping low-income families move toward financial empowerment. CAP’s service profile interrupts generational poverty with programs that support families and individuals at every age and place in life, in the areas of education and child development, health and nutrition, household stability and safety and empowerment. For more information, visit www.caplanc.org