People of Peace - Karen Zimmerman

October, 2016


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Co-Founder, Love Without Hurt

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How long have you been connected with Peace?

20 years ago, my husband (Marshall), my two amazing children (Christy and Brian) and I moved to Columbus from New Jersey. As we came from a Lutheran background, we knew we wanted a Lutheran congregation here. When we found Peace, I found my Home. I’ve had the privilege to connect with Peace in many ways, including our High School Ministry, HOPE Team initiatives and small groups. In fact, Marshall and I were excited to be part of the team that created Peace’s Small Group Ministry. But, my favorite part of getting involved at Peace has been participating in High School Mission Trips. I love the experience of connecting with students—being able to ask questions which challenge their faith, and helping them dive deeper into that faith. 

What have you been doing to make a difference in our community?

 In 2015 four of my friends/colleagues and I formed Love Without Hurt, a non-profit organization with one mission: End Teen Violence. Our organization brings a variety of programming to central Ohio teens, both males and females. Based on national best practices, including research-based Safe Dates curriculum, we teach participants to recognize the warning signs and cycle of teen dating abuse. We also provide skills to build effective communication that promotes leadership, advocacy and peer support. We teach teens to help teens.

How does your community work reflect your faith in Jesus?

After retiring from my 33-year career as a high school Counselor, it became clear to me that I am “here” for more than just picking up golf or improving my tennis game. My passion for walking alongside young people did not end with retirement; I’m not done – there is more for me to do with my faith in Christ.

How can others connect with Love Without Hurt?

One-time or on-going financial donations
A one-time school event for Safe Dates training

Before Events – graphic design, copying materials, filling swag bags, etc.
During Events –greet, give directions, etc

Target gift cards, granola bars, bottled water, reams of copy paper (white, red, yellow or green), printing services, event space, pocket folders, pens

Gift cards may be dropped off at Peace’s Main Office. Other donations may be placed in the bins near the Welcome Centers.

Learn more about how you can Love...Neighbor through Love Without Hurt.