Women In Distress keeps moms and kids like me safe.
I was too little to remember everything that happened to my Mom. What I do remember is feeling sad and afraid. I remember being happy during the day when we were at school. But when night came, the fighting started. And one night, I woke up to see my Mom being hit. I was always afraid for my mom. But I was too young to do anything about it.
For a long time, all I wanted to do for my Mom on Mother’s Day, and every day in between, was to make sure she was safe. My brother, Elijah and I were always afraid of what might happen next.
My Mom told me she wanted to keep a home for us. With no job she didn’t know how she would take care of me and my brother. Then a friend told her about Women In Distress.
With the help of Women In Distress, my Mom left the abuse and found a way to take care of us. While we were in the shelter, my Mom’s advocate invited her to classes that helped her to get a job.
I saw my Mom’s confidence grow. One day she came back to our room at the shelter to say that she had found a job. With a new job and new confidence, and the help of our Women In Distress advocate, we could find a place of our own. A place where I didn’t have to be afraid of waking up and seeing my mom being hit.
I’m older now and we’ve been gone from the abuse long enough that now I don’t feel sad and afraid. It’s a Happy Mother’s Day for us because my Mom is safe, and I know it’s because of the help she found at Women In Distress. I’m very grateful to Women In Distress for helping my mom to find hope.
*In an effort to protect the privacy of our families, names were changed and stock images used.