When I arrived at The Women’s Home, I was asked why I wanted to be there. My answer was that I didn’t want to die. Little did I know that not only was I going to live, but I was going to live a life of joy and abundance.
By this point, I had been through many life traumas. I had experienced great loss and sexual abuse as a child…and I did not have the skills to cope. The latest and worst of these traumas happened during my first rehabilitation program, right before I was scheduled to go home. My family came to tell me that my daughter had been killed in a car accident by a driver who was high on PCP. Three years later, I showed up at The Women’s Home.
From the beginning, it was obvious that The Women’s Home cared about my mental, physical, and emotional well-being. Their program included all the things I needed, from intensive therapy to computer and career courses to yoga. I was able to get counseling to help me cope with the traumas in my life. I felt safe to share all the secrets that I had never shared with anyone and received counseling for each.
I found new important life skills, such as self-advocacy, confidence, and problem- solving through individual and group counseling sessions. At The Women’s Home, I learned how to set goals and live a life of purpose. First, with the help of my case worker, and then, I was able to accomplish this on my own. I was able to do things like set up well-women’s visits and mammograms, get my social security card, and obtain a driver license’s and gold card. These were the start of my goals, and it made me feel good about myself to accomplish these tasks and then set new goals for myself.
When I think about The Women’s Home or am asked about it, I describe it as a place of healing. As a 53-year-old woman I had never felt any self-confidence. Between the therapy and support they provided, I now wake up each morning with joy and confidence. This is something I never thought would happen. With the help of The Women’s Home, I became job-ready and was able to fulfill my passion of working with Special Education students again.
One of the goals I had set for myself at The Women’s Home was to transition to its independent apartment housing at Jane Cizik Garden Place, which is where I am living now. I wake up every day thankful and truly happy, and when I leave work at the end of each day, I find a serene, beautiful place to call home.