While talking with her advocate in emergency shelter, Susan, a survivor of elder abuse, recalled a happier time in life, when she would put her dog Pip in the basket of her three-wheel bike and enjoy a ride around the neighborhood. As her abuse escalated, her abuser took the bike away.
For Susan, the loss was more than just a bike – it was her freedom to socialize, exercise and go to the store, pharmacy and pet store without the cost of a cab biting into her fixed income.
At The Shelter, Sue not only found her way to a new life, but received a new bike! On the day it was presented, Shelter staff placed Pip in the basket, and brought Sue out to the parking lot. It was a moment filled with tears of joy from Susan and staff. Before the day was out, she and Pip were peddling around like pros.