40 Stories for 40 Years: Connie Nash

by Emily Roberts | Jun 05, 2018

Connie Nash came to The Family Place in 2000 after her husband of 25 years attempted to kill her. Had it not been for her 16-year-old son Daniel jumping on his father's back, her husband would have shot her in the head. Her husband went to jail, and Connie and her son found The Family Place and began their journey to recovery.

When Connie began counseling, her self-esteem was extremely low. During her marriage, her husband isolated her from the outside world. She didn’t know how to buy groceries or manage money. The only time she was allowed to leave home was to go to church on Wednesdays and Sundays and an occasional visit to her mother-in-law’s house.

Within a year of counseling at the Family Place, Connie learned to like herself again and remembered what self-worth was. Not only did she learn to manage money, but also she landed a job with one of the top five accounting firms in the world: KPMG.

Connie joined Toastmasters, which taught her how to have confidence and speak with power.  She realized sharing her story could help other domestic violence survivors. She began speaking as a client advocate for The Family Place on radio, television and in public forums. She advanced in Toastmasters and become Area Governor, President of two clubs and earned a Distinguished Toastmasters Award for giving over 50 speeches, which only 10% of all Toastmasters worldwide achieve. She served on The Family Place Board of Directors for over six years and assisted in fundraising by holding fundraiser for the our Southern Sector office that raised over a thousand dollars.

Connie later started her own gift basket business and remarried. Her son is now married and has a young son. Connie is now writing a book to share her story!

“I am back to being the person I knew and loved,” Connie says. “I still speak at functions, mainly churches, to raise awareness of spiritual abuse and help make a change in people’s lives. I’m happy and fulfilling my purpose in life—sharing my story and make a difference in the lives of others.”