My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for NORTHERN WESTCHESTER SHELTER INC, Pleasantville, NY, USA
In July 2011 I was referred to Hope's Door for help with domestic violence. I knew that I was experiencing DV but I was in strong denial about the extent of danger I had been living in for years. I couldn't believe that domestic violence was something I was experiencing because it wasn't my personality but Hope's Door helped me to understand there is no race, religion or economic background that is immune to this situation. CarlLa Horton helped me to walk through my shame and embarrassment so that I could begin facing the facts. Once I was able to accept what was really happening in my home and the danger that my kids and I were in, Hope's Door was there for me as I developed a safety plan. They were available to meet with me during the most dangerous time of a domestic violence relationship, the exit period. In my situation I had family in another state that came and helped me to relocate safely. CarlLa Horton called me throughout that period offering support and asking if Hope's Door could meet any other needs I might have had during that move. Moving to another state was not the only option provided by Hope's Door, we spent a lot of time going over different possibilities but at the end of the day leaving the state was the best for me and my situation. In the first few months in my new home I was devastated and emotionally exhausted and again, over 3,000 miles away Hope's Door stepped in to help and provided me with documentation that enabled me to get unemployment for a couple months until I found a new job. They also provided me with local domestic violence support group information and insisted I begin to work through the pain of this experience to achieve healing and inspire hope. With CarlLa Horton's unconditional acceptance of me and her validation of my experience and heartbrokenness she sparked hope in me that eventually turned into confidence in my ability to love myself and my children enough to take us out of a dangerous situation that was destroying us. Hope's Door genuinely fulfills their mission to seek an end to domestic violence and to empower victims to achieve safety, independence, and healing from the trauma of abuse. CarlLa still checks on me periodically reassuring me that whenever I need the hand of support to hold me up I need only to reach out and grab it. Thank you Hope's Door for all you have done to help me get a new start to a much brighter future.
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