CC was living a very comfortable life in a beautiful Windermere home. She was a wife, a stay at home mother of two daughters, ages 1 and 13, and a part time student. Behind this picture of happiness, however, CC was the victim of domestic violence. As a result in March 2011 she left her husband and after a brief, difficult stay with a relative CC and her daughters moved into the Mission. She was unemployed, had no income, no savings and nowhere to turn.
In spite of her tremendous change in circumstances CC didn’t let it stop her. She immediately went to work getting back on her feet. Within one week of arriving at the Mission she began working as a secretary in a legal office. This was made possible by the Mission Case Management Team helping CC find childcare for one daughter and school transportation for the other. The Mission staff also facilitated CC being accepted into the Pathways to Home program where she received financial literacy and budgeting training and assistance with some outstanding financial obligations. The Mission team also helped her address other issues she faced regaining her independence. Even with all the turmoil and change CC continued working toward her college degree.
Only seven months after coming to the Mission CC and her daughters moved into a two bedroom condominium. The children are in school and the three of them are thriving. This is a clear example of how the Mission and its partners can help a determined individual get back on her feet. Clearly CC got a ‘hand up’ not a ‘hand out’.