Michelle’s story starts like many others; addiction and incarceration cost her nearly everything.
But because donors who support the YWCA that’s not where her story ends.
Michelle always worked hard. From the time she was a teenager she held a job, did well in school and gladly helped her mother around the home. As an adult, she had two daughters and a steady job. But like so many others, when she fell into addiction – she lost her way. When her path lead to incarceration, she lost her daughters when she signed custody over to their father and grandmother. It broke her heart but she knew they would be loved, safe and able to stay in the school where they thrived and felt at home.
Upon her release from prison last October, Michelle moved into Liberty House and immediately set herself on a path to success. Her daughters began visiting right away and Michelle attended daily recovery groups, completed volunteer hours and attended donor-supported classes at the YWCA that gave her parenting tips, life skills and prepared her to find a job.
In November, Michelle cooked a full Thanksgiving meal for her and her daughters in the Liberty House kitchen. They sat around the dinner table and were grateful for the roof over their heads and the food before them – all made possible by YWCA donors like you.
For the next year, Michelle and her daughters built memories and a future together. She found full-time employment (where she was recently promoted to management), the girls had warm coats and gloves in the winter time and access to fun, supervised activities all summer long. This fall Michelle moved into a home and remains in close contact with her Liberty House case manager who is
helping her to legally, and officially, regain full custody of her daughters.
Michelle is a testament to the power of your donation to save and change lives. Last year, 120 women and children found purpose, direction and hope in Liberty House. In Wise Options, the YWCA’s 24/7 shelter and resource for those escaping domestic violence, sexual assault and violent crimes—another 1,200 women, children and men found safety and support because of your generosity.
To give the gift of hope, security and a bright future to more families like Michelle’s donate today.