Survivor shares her story and her journey to financial freedom and self-sufficiency:
“I am here to tell you about my journey to YWCA San Gabriel Valley Wings Shelter. My abuse started when I was 5 years old. Until this day, this is something that will remain with me. As a young woman I would find myself in an abusive relationship but I really wanted this relationship to work. We had children together and I thought he really loved me. Those dreams of a loving family man would fade as it became clear he was an abuser. He used to beat me up so badly that I couldn’t go out anywhere. I was isolated from everyone and living in fear. My children witnessed so much of this disrespect and abuse from him that it just seemed normal. My kids are my world and it hurt that they were hurting and feeling like they needed to protect me. This made me feel terrible and I was ready to make a plan to escape. I called Wings Shelter and they accepted me into their program. I took a bus across the country to get there. The farther away I got from him the happier I felt. When I arrived at Wings I was finally safe. I was reflecting on my life and asking myself tough questions. I learned so much from the domestic violence support groups and parenting classes. I thought I knew everything about parenting but I was wrong. Wings helped me reclaim my life. I started planning for my future when I was accepted into the Wings Transitional Program. Surprisingly, I got a job the next week! The staff was more excited than I was. They encouraged me to save and gave me the tools to reach my goals. My self-esteem and confidence were increasing with every step forward. One month later I purchased a car and soon after I would be in my own apartment! Wings Shelter made sure I had a refrigerator and a new bed for my son.
I love the staff at WINGS. They never made me feel like I was “a nobody”. I was able to be myself around them without any judgement. They did a good job of making me feel safe and connecting me with resources. Thank you to all the staff at Wings.
All donations make a difference, below are some examples of how your donation can help…
$25 can provide emergency transportation to needed services
$50 can help support elder abuse programming for seniors
$75 can help provide crisis intervention through our 24-hour Helpline
$100 can help provide stress relief management classes in the community
$125 can help provide violence prevention classes in the local schools
$200 can help provide family counseling to a family healing from trauma
$250 can provide shelter plus meals for a family fleeing abuse
$300 can provide a family with legal advocacy to access a restraining order and court accompaniment and transportation.
$1000 can provide materials for an enrichment program for children impacted by domestic violence
Let your friends and family know you are part of the mission to end domestic violence and abuse. Together we can make a difference!