For some reason I thought of the place that was home for me for about three months back in 2005/2006. I was very upset that through my search results I was confronted with a video of the fire that took place. I just want to say that my prayers are with you as you rebuild.
I am so thankful for all the assistance that I received from your shelter. I was 18 and pregnant when I entered the program and was quickly put in motion to better myself. I started a GED program and was working hard to get back on my feet before my son was born. I made a huge mistake of leaving and going back to my abusive ex-boyfriend but circumstances were of such that I was protecting my life (or so I thought). He told me he would find me and take my life if I didn’t go back to him.
I believe everything happens for a reason and I’m happy to report that I am a college graduate in Social Work, have a healthy 6 1/2 yr old son, and a place of my own. I moved to Washington State three years ago to escape my domestic violence relationship and have since flourished. Things honestly couldn’t be better. As I sat in reflection today on my past, your shelter crossed my mind. Had I not been able to live there (even for that short amount of time) I would have been sleeping on the streets and possibly died.
Life is so precious and everything we go though has something we can take from it. I took everything from my past and have applied it to my future. Being a social worker would have never crossed my mind had my past went differently. Now I am helping those who remind me of who I was. My goal is to open up my own domestic violence shelter in Kansas when I move back in a few months to complete my Masters at KU. I also hope to work with you as a volunteer. Mothers Refuge is close to my heart and I believe every teen that comes in there can make a difference. I also believe that having a child is a gift and shouldn’t hinder them from a very prosperous future.
Thank you again!