Jessie called us in November in fear of her life and the life of her baby Leo. Her husband threatened to kill her and went into an terribly violent rage. We mobilized quickly and got Jessie and Leo back to the USA and into a shelter. Jessie's husband knows where Jessie's mother lives so she cannot go home. Jessie found a small studio apartment and needs $1,200 to move in. (First, last and a deposit.) The shelter has household supplies for Jessie and a church is donating furniture.
Like most American women who flee back home for safety to escape domestic violence, Jessie is homeless, doing the best she can in a shelter with Leo. She can't go home to her mother as this would put her in danger. This project will enable Jessie to have a fresh start with Leo, safe away from the violence, in their own apartment where they can begin to heal and move on with their lives,
Jessie and Leo will have their own home for the holidays. A safe place that is not the most dangerous place on earth for them. Jessie is a strong young woman and with this project, will be able to get re-established, begin working and become self-sufficient.
The project serves 500 women per year empowering them to find alternatives to a life of violence so their children grow up in violence free homes with their self-esteem in tact with the hope of stopping the cycle of violence in future generations.
Today Show May 2007
Interview with Paula Lucas