Unlike most kids his age, *Sean always hated snow days.
To Sean, those hours of unexpected freedom were not a time to sleep late or sip hot chocolate in pajamas. Snow days meant he and his little sister were stuck inside their house, where tensions simmered, doors slammed and angry voices echoed off the walls. He preferred the safety of school.
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Like many children raised in violent homes, Sean had to grow up way too fast. While other kids went to birthday parties and sleepovers, 9-year-old Sean made sure his sister cleaned her room, did her homework and kept quiet when their parents fought.
He thought if he did everything right, his dad wouldn’t get mad anymore. When that didn’t work, Sean blamed himself.
Two months ago, Sean's mom called the Grace Smith House 24-hour crisis hotline. With an advocate's help, she made the brave decision to come to our shelter.
When his family first arrived, Sean stuck to his sister like glue, convinced he was the only one who could keep her safe: a big burden for small shoulders. But since then, we’ve noticed remarkable changes in Sean. His grades are improving. He's still very protective of his sister, but he's starting to spend more time playing, being a kid.
And he can’t wait to see what all the snow day fuss is about.
While Sean's family still has a long road ahead, they have something they didn't have before: hope. Your donation ensures that when survivors reach out for help, we'll be here for them, whether they need transitional housing, counseling, support groups, advocacy or shelter.
This is Sean’s story, but it’s also yours. Sometimes it only takes one caring person to change a life. Will you be that person?
* Name changed and stock image used to protect identity and maintain safety.