– I am a survivor of domestic violence and that was only possible because of this shelter. You took my mother and I in, even when our own family had rejected us. You gave us clothes, food, shelter, but most of all, hope for the future.

You helped my mother get over her depression. You helped me realize that domestic violence is not the norm of every household and that it is wrong and can be prevented. You gave me confidence in myself as a human being. You showed me that even though we had lost everything we had worked for our entire lives, there is still a future for us.

So I say thank you for believing in us, thank you for letting us stay in one of the transitional homes, thank you for giving us an opportunity at a second chance at life though it seemed as if it were all over.

Thank you, because if it were not for this shelter, I would not be alive today.

Alex, Shelter resident