Mar 4, 2016

Eve owns a restaurant now

Eve and her three children came to the Center’s emergency shelter after Eve found out that her husband had been molesting their daughter. The abuse had been going on for some time and when Eve’s daughter broke down and confided in her school counselor, Eve took immediate action. She took the children and fled their home. The guidance counselor referred the family to the Center for Safety & Change, where they were given shelter.

Eve was distraught, she thought that her children would be “damaged” for life by their experience. She was ridden with guilt for not noticing anything and thus protecting her daughter from what had been happening. When Eve and her children first arrived at the shelter, Eve had nothing – no work, no income, no experience with finances… To her, it seemed the world had collapsed and her life was irreparable.

By working with the Center’s advocates, Eve came to understand and embrace that the abuse her daughter had experienced was not her fault. She saw that her children were not broken, and that there was a possibility for them all to heal.

Little by little, and with the help of her advocates, Eve began picking up the pieces and she began to remember her own passions. Eve had always been passionate about cooking. When the Center’s advocates found out they helped her obtain a scholarship at a culinary school and so Eve took the steps to build a new life for her and her children.

The Center’s advocates helped Eve restore her faith and helped her realize her dream to open a restaurant. Eve owns her restaurant till this day, and with that she is able to support herself and her children and even send them to college.

Nov 13, 2015

Vivian is safe

When Vivian attempted to leave her husband who had been abusive and sexually assaultedher for a number of years, he nearly strangled her to death and sexually assaulted her once again. When the assault was over Vivian managed to call the police, who brought Vivian to safety and informed her about the services of the Center for Safety & Change. 

Not knowing that services like the one's offered by the Center even existed, Vivian gladly decided to seek help from the Center, whose advocates accompanied Vivian to all initial hearings and every single court appointment. With the help of the Center's advocate Vivian was able to then withstand the trail that ultimaltey found her husband guilty, and he was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

While the trail brought up a lot of emotions for Vivian, she attended individual and group counseling sessions at the Center, which helped her tremendoulsy in the process of healing from the trauma she experienced. During the sessions Vivian learned that she was not alone and that there was a way for her to be safe. 

The services that helped Vivian through some of the darkest hours in her life and gave her hope that she would one day be able to enjoy life again are made possible because of donors like you. 

On behalf of the women, men and children we serve, we send you our heartfelt thanks!

Aug 14, 2015

Mother and three children are finally safe.

When 13-year old Amy was sexually abused by her father yet again, she finally broke down and confided in her mother about what had been happening to her. Amy’s mother immediately called the Center for Safety & Change 24-hour hotline and got to speak to one of our advocates. Together, they assessed whether Amy, her two brothers and her mom would still be safe in their home and decided that was no longer the case. To ensure everyone’s safety, Amy, her brothers and their mother came into our emergency shelter.

With the help of our advocate, Amy’s mom began the legal proceedings to prosecute the father. Because of the trauma of the abuse to the whole family, our advocates made sure that none of them ever had to go to any of the police or court appointments on their own by offering them all accompaniment.

To help Amy and her brothers process the trauma they experienced as a result of the abuse and of being displaced from their home, we provided the siblings with extensive counseling, we helped them get support in their school. Through the children’s support group at the shelter, they all learned about their worthiness as human beings and that none of what they experienced was their fault.

As the children were engaged with various activities, Amy discovered her love for playing the saxophone. Amy’s advocate saw her passion and talent and was able to connect her with a local music school, which not only offered her music lessons, but even gifted her with her very own saxophone.

Three months after Amy and her family came to our shelter, they were ready to move into an apartment that our advocates helped Amy’s mom find. Now that the father has been sentenced, the family is feeling much safer and they are grateful for the support you helped them receive.

Since November 2014, we have worked with nearly 300 survivors of sexual assault and their families. We provided them with direct services, which included crisis intervention, supportive counseling and therapy. Sexual trauma advocates also provided survivors with information and referrals, advocated for survivors and provided them with accompaniment.

All of these services would not have been possible without the support from generous friends like you. Thank you!

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