Mrs. Lackey goes on to say, " I started collaborating last August with Christa Benward, the wife of an injured Journeyman Lineman, when we reached out to a wife after an OTJ accident in Mississippi. And then, time after time, we found that these women desperately wanted/needed to be able to talk to someone who has been in their shoes. Someone who truly understands how they're feeling, can answer questions, and who they can vent to freely. Then, 'Sister to Sister' was born."
The National Sisterhood United for Journeymen Linemen is an official 501(c)3 non profit organization dedicated to to assisting families of Fallen/Injured I.B.E.W. Journeymen Linemen, Utility Linemen, Apprentice Linemen, Groundmen or Operators. It's NSUJL’s mission to provide emergency financial, emotional and physical assistance, in cases of work related injuries or death. While the financial and physical assistance have always been a clear answer to a specific need, the emotional support is a much more delicate issue. NSUJL feels that the addition of this amazing group of Sisters is a huge step in the right direction of fulfilling this part of their Mission.
"I'm sorry that we all have to meet in this group, but I'm grateful at the same time because I think this will benefit us to be able to connect and lend support to each other because we've all experienced some of the same things," said Christa Benward, NSUJL Member and co-founder of 'Sister to Sister'. Christa goes on to say, "This lets me help in a way I think will help so many of these wonderful women."
If you would like more information on the National Sisterhood United for Journeymen Linemen, please visit their website at http://www.nsujl.org.