Jenn, a mom with three children, had addiction issues for much of her life and struggled with self-worth because of the dysfunctional family she grew up in. She was told, and began to believe, that she wasn’t good enough, she wasn’t loveable or loved, and she didn’t deserve love. Jenn lived in a very dark place for a long time.
Recently, a client ("Joan") entered our program with her three children. She had been living with her husband, who had become verbally and physically abusive towards her, and she decided that she was no longer safe in her home. She had no other family or friends with whom she could stay, and no other resources to rent a place for her family on her own.
New Hope for Girls, African Road partners in Tanzania, is a special family home where 34 girls who were victims of modern slavery, child marriage or who had been left to the streets, find love, healing, education and a new life. The New Hope for Girls family faced a house move in early August when their landlord sold the home they had been renting.
Joseph had been in over 40 different placements over the years. He did not have a healthy support system and lacked some basic life skills. After running from his last placement, Northwest Youth Services' PAD provided emergency housing and case management to Joseph during his stay. Most importantly, the PAD provided Joseph with a time where he could focus on being a kid and work on his own goals.
Before I came to the Mission, I was in tatters. My biggest obstacle was being abandoned by my family. I was in dire need of medical and financial assistance. I felt insecure, upset, depressed, and out of balance. I was half dead.
Sean Humphrey House is a non-profit adult family home located in Bellingham, WA that provides safe housing and 24-hour personal care services to low-income individuals living with HIV/AIDS, and who often suffer from other diseases, disabilities and varying forms of mental illness.
Esther is one year old and from Escuintla, Guatemala. Her mother was previously in an abusive relationship and is raising Esther on her own without any financial or physical support from Esther’s father. Due to malnourishment, digestive issues and an upper respiratory illness, Esther was referred to Casa Jackson by her doctor.
LYDIA PLACE - Chantel's Journey
After entering her first program, Chantel transitioned in and out of community programs and shelters, only to find herself stuck in a cycle of homelessness. Living in poverty, without any family support to help get her back on her feet, Chantel bounced from housing programs, to unstable housing, to friend’s couches. This instability resulted in Chantel losing custody of her older children, a devastating and painful wakeup call.
2roofs is grateful to partner with African Road to help house survivors of modern slavery. Consoler and Eliya Wilbert are founders of New Hope for Girls, a project and home for survivors of modern day slavery. Here is their story.