As we embark on another holiday season and prepare for the New Year, we reflect on the impact we have made in 2014. So far this year we have provided safe shelter, clothing, food, education, child care, and support to over 1,169 women and children on their journey to independence. At the YWCA we go beyond basic needs and provide the tools each woman needs to reach her full potential. But, of all the things we offer, we know the most important thing we provide is hope. Hope for a new beginning, a better life, and a future free from poverty and violence. This was certainly true for Jessica.
Before Jessica came to the YWCA, she had never been encouraged to dream about what she wanted to do with her life. Raised by a single mother who struggled through life, she was born into poverty. By the age of 18, Jessica had been emotionally, verbally, and physically abused. At 30, she was pregnant with her second child, out of work, and caught in a cycle of abusive relationships. Jessica hit her breaking point after nearly being choked to death by her boyfriend in front of her children and came to the YWCA Emergency Shelter.
While at the Shelter, Jessica met with her Advocate weekly and worked towards her goals of getting a job, paying off her debt, and going back to school. Today, Jessica has been at her job for over two years and was promoted to a management position. With this new found stability in her life, she has been able to make car payments and rent a house for her family – something she’s never been able to do before. She says, “The YWCA helped me believe my life could be different and gave me hope that I can provide a better life for my children.” It is heartwarming stories like Jessica’s that inspire us at the YWCA Cass Clay. As we look to the new year, we strive to continue providing hope and the tools each woman needs to help her dreams take flight.
How are you giving hope this season?
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