MY HEART WAS POUNDING and my mouth was dry. I looked around, praying we wouldn't be spotted by the neighbors. Our window of time was narrow; my abuser would return from his appointment soon. After months of enduring his increasingly terrifying behavior, we made our escape in a taxi. I told my two children we were going on an adventure, but I had no idea where we should go or who we could turn to for help. We came to Safelight where we found caring people who welcomed us and made it possible for us to start a new life together.
We stayed in temporary shelter while the kids were able to make new friends and get used to new schools.
After a few months, we were very excited to move into a transitional housing apartment. The children quickly adjusted to a new life with the help of Safelight's child therapist. I was able to work through the job training program at the Safelight Resale Store, while continuing counseling, case management and balancing doctor appointments and time with my children.
" I am so thankful for Safelight and for the free and confidential help they have given my family. I am very passionate about their cause and hope I can be an example to help others in similar situations."