Rose Saad is a nurse by profession. She has spent most of her 30-year nursing career as an emergency room (ER) nurse. She has treated many victims of domestic violence in the ER, and has noticed that a woman who experiences domestic violence is frequently misunderstood by trained professionals. When Rose recognized that she herself had been a victim of domestic abuse, she developed a greater compassion for and understanding of the victims she saw in the ER. She began to recognize that, although the behaviors of these women appeared irrational, they were actually trying to make sense of what was happening in their lives.
Although she was an active member of her faith community when she first decided to seek help as a victim of domestic violence, Rose had difficulty finding faith-based support and spiritual books about domestic violence. She decided to plan and organize a support group within her own faith community, and later expanded the group to include Christian women from other faith communities. Rose has created extensive written material to help guide the group discussions as well as to help the women navigate the scriptures to find encouragement and clarity. As she developed the material for the support groups, Rose realized that women and faith communities in other locations could benefit from this material as well, so she decided to write A Path to Hope: Restoring the Spirit of the Abused Christian Woman. The purpose of the book is to empower women to understand the dynamics of domestic violence and how the scriptures can help them break the bondage of abuse.
Rose has a vison to create a non-profit organization. The goal of the organization will be to empower women who have experienced domestic and sexual violence. This will be accomplished through education and resources—for example, providing counseling to help women heal and become better parents, to independently take care of themselves and their children. She also has the desire to encourage and inspire these women to believe that they have the God-given power to change their lives.
She has years of experience as an inspirational speaker on the topic of domestic violence. A few of the venues include the Congregational Black Caucus (Author Pavilion), STRETCH Women’s Conference, La Main Tendue’s International Women’s Day Conference, and the Interfaith Network Against Domestic Violence Workshop. Rose is regularly asked to speak at various area-wide faith community women’s conferences. In addition, she has experience organizing and presenting at domestic violence conferences.
In her quest to gain new knowledge to understand human behavior, Rose is an avid reader of books on spirituality and psychology. She believes that a spiritual life is a key component of the human experience and that her role is to inspire others to grow as individuals to realize their full potential. She spends her spare time pursuing her passion for photography. She hopes to become a professional photographer, traveling the world to gain new insights through the lens of the camera. She has three adult children.