I came to Los Angeles with my three children to flee a violent situation. A friend let us stay with her for a while but her landlord found out we were there and so we had to move out. We stayed in a hotel for a few nights but we were quickly running out of money. I was torn between being able to feed my children or paying for another night at the hotel.
I called 211 and they gave me the number for Good Shepherd Center. My children were so happy when Sister gave them some cookies to eat while I was in the interview. They had not eaten that day.
Having been in an abusive relationship for so long, I doubted my abilities as a mother. During the next few weeks, my parenting skills improved as a result of the weekly support groups provided by Dr. Sam. The case manager helped me to enroll my children in the area school. Although I had not worked in many years she helped me develop a resume based on life skills and my natural abilities. Soon I was able to get a job and begin the process of rebuilding our lives.
I wanted to give something back as soon as I received my first paycheck. I was told that the best way to give was to be an example to other women. The guidance I received from the staff at Good Shepherd Center enabled me to start a new life for us here in Los Angeles. Thank you for saving me and my children from the streets and giving us the love and support we so desperately needed.