Theresa and her two children had no choice but to leave a violent situation at home in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and seek help at an emergency shelter.
The family arrived with nothing but the clothes on their backs—and the shelter was able to provide them with just the basic essential items.
At the shelter, Theresa worked with advocates for safety planning, exploring her options, so she could keep her job and save for their future. She worked with the shelter’s staff to find an affordable and safe housing option.
Within a month of entering the shelter, Theresa found an apartment she could afford and had saved up for the first month's rent. The family was able to get assistance with the security deposit, as well as a gift card so they could shop for needed household items.
Theresa and her children will continue to have support through the program to ensure they have a safe and independent life together — now and in the future.