Katherine

Katherine* and her children suffered violent abuse at home. Her husband physically beat and threatened both her and the children, sometimes with his loaded gun in hand.

She knew they had to get away, and she risked her life to keep her children safe, driving straight to CVIC. They stayed at our Light of Hope Shelter until they found a safe place to live.

She couldn’t make ends meet

Katherine was employed at a minimum-wage job and tried hard to make ends meet on her own. When one of our advocates called her later to see how she was doing, we found out that she was on the brink of losing her housing and had no money. Her cupboards literally were bare. All she wanted was to be able to support her kids, but she said she had reached the point where it didn't seem to matter how many hours she worked, how hard she tried,

she just couldn't make it. She was terrified because she had no idea what was going to happen to them.

With CVIC, she worked hard to make her dreams come true

Katherine’s dream was about to come true. One of our transitional housing units had just opened up, and we were able to offer Katherine and her family an apartment and intensive support to identify her career goals and make plans for their future. Katherine jumped at the opportunity, and she gave it all she had, working full-time while going to school to obtain a college degree – while raising her children on her own. She has now graduated and, with a little support from CVIC, made her dream come true.

Not a day goes by that she doesn't express her gratitude, describing her life now as full of light and freedom.

* Photo, name and some details changed to protect safety and  confidentiality.

This is how housing and career counseling can change a life.

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