Dywana and her 5 children have been victims of domestic violence for years. She called for help several times in the past but her family always talked her out of receiving services. In the fall when she was taking her children to Enrichment Services for the day, she was embarrassed by the way that she looked. The night before her boyfriend had beaten her pretty bad, her face was bruised, her lip was swollen and she could barely move. She was encouraged to call Hope Harbour, a funded partner agency with United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley. This time she was ready for the violence to stop.
During the first meeting at the Community Outreach Program with Hope Harbour, Dywana discussed safety and immediate needs. She was able to get the locks changed on the apartment she was living in because she was concerned about leaving her current housing and not having anywhere else to go with 5 children. Hope Harbour assisted Ms. Herron with contacting and searching for new housing, where her abuser couldn’t find her. She was also able to get assistance with working with her previous landlord and the new landlord to make sure that the move was smooth.
Dywana and her family are in their new home her children have space to run and play. The new neighborhood is quiet and secluded and she loves the “peace of mind” that she has now. Dywana is able to sleep throughout the night with no fears of her abuser coming to her new home.
Dywana was able to enrolled in the CNA program and take her board exams last year. With the help of the Community Outreach Program at Hope Harbour and donors from United Way, Dywana can start counseling to overcome her past experiences. She is more confident, expresses her needs and has a take charge attitude.
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Hope Harbour is 1 of 28 nonprofit local partner agencies funded by United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley. Hope Harbour’s Community Outreach Program develops, organizes, coordinates and makes available support services to victims of domestic violence. This program prepares the community to recognize/respond to domestic violence through education, training and increasing awareness.
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