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Stories From the Shelter - April 2016

March 31, 2016

Mary* came to Women & Children First with her daughters to break the cycle of violence in her life. After staying in the shelter and transitioning to a new apartment, she currently gets support from WCF's Outreach Program. Mary recently shared her story with us.

I came with my girls to WCF running from my oldest daughter's father. I was scared at first to come to WCF, but at the end of the end of the day it was the best thing that could have helped begin our journey. When we got to WCF, I was scared to leave the building, let alone the gate. Once I got comfortable enough to accept the fact that I became a battered woman, it still took a lot for me to open up and talk about it. We lived at the shelter for about a month and a half and then moved into an apartment. I was scared of exiting but have continued to get support from WCF and their outreach program.

Since leaving the shelter, I have started GED classes and have completed the science section and am continuing to study. I have a job and in less than a year have worked up to be my boss' assistant. I've purchased my very first car with my own money. I've very proud of myself and everything that I have accomplished.

Mary took the courageous step to bring her children to the shelter with her in order to break the cycle of violence for her children. Her daughter, Hannah*, shared with us about her experience at WCF.

My experience with Women & Children first was a great experience. I got to meet new people and made new friends. When I first arrived, I thought it might be weird and uncomfortable but I was welcomed with open arms by caring people. I consider WCF a part of my family who I can trust and I stay in touch with some of the staff to inform them on what is going on in my life.

We are proud of Mary and the other women who seek out help for themselves and their children. To learn more about the programs and services that WCF offers, click here. If you or someone you know needs help, please call our 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-332-4443.

*Name changed to protect the identity of the victim


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