Sarah is a 45-year-old mother of three who had been abused by her husband for over 12 years. She had tried to leave him several times, but always returned in a matter of weeks because her husband controlled every aspect of her life. Finally, her grown son, David, helped Sarah and her teenage daughter leave her abuser for good. They moved in with David, but just a few months later, David was killed in a car accident on his way to work.
With nowhere to go and no job, Sarah turned to Home Free in September 2007. Sarah thrived in the program and took advantage of all the resources Home Free offers, including counseling, housing assistance, and help with finding employment. Home Free helped her to secure the first job she had held in over 12 years. She moved into her own apartment two days before Christmas and furnished it with belongings of her own. Six months later, Sarah is still on her own and determined to stay there and honor David's memory.
Recently, Sarah’s abuser discovered where she works and went there to harass her, but with the confidence she gained with Home Free’s help, she did not hesitate to call the police and enforce the restraining order against him. Once she completes the program, Sarah wants to give back by helping other Home Free participants find resources to furnish their own homes as they begin building lives free of violence.
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