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.
Your gift this Mother’s Day has the power to impact the lives of thousands of moms, women, and children, who find themselves in the unfortunate cycle of domestic violence abuse. Only with the continued support of donors like you, will survivors continue to have access to the help they need through programs and services such as safe emergency shelter, a 24-Hour Crisis Hotline, safety planning, counseling, therapy, and other specialized services like an injunction for protection to keep themselves and their children safe.
Your donation today, in honor of your mom or other significant woman in your life, will bring hope to survivors of domestic violence not only on Mother’s Day, but on every day throughout the year.