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Second Step, Inc.
April 29, 2011

I participated in The Second Step's Mentoring Program last year. I always looked forward to those Wednesdays twice a month. I enjoyed sharing my story with other survivors of domestic violence and analyzing and getting strength from the other survivors. The support that we had from the mentors, from the group and from each other was great. The children’s mentoring program was good for my kids, too. The money isn’t always enough for me to do things with my kids. The Wednesday Mentoring Program was like a day off, and the three of us really loved going to the program. My daughter especially looked forward to Wednesdays. She is 6 now. She loved her mentor and asks for her mentor. I can’t go to the Mentoring Program this year because I’m in school Wednesday nights. I hope to return next year. I’ve kept in touch with my mentor, but miss the community of the regular meetings with the survivors in the group. It gave me so much emotional support.

TSS has referred me to a dentist to get some much-needed dental work and to a month-long career coaching and resume writing program. I graduated from that program and have found it really helpful.

The people at TSS are wonderful. They love what they do. You see it because they are very passionate about their job. I wish there were more people like The Second Step.

I believe in myself more, that I can choose any goal and attain it. I deserve to be treated well and I deserve more from a husband than what I was getting. One day I want to be a donor to The Second Step.

I am currently enrolled in a medical assistant program. My short term goal is a medical assistant. My long-term goal is to become a registered nurse. I’ll have to take one step at a time until I can achieve my nursing degree. School is going great, my grades are good and I’m working hard because I can’t disappoint myself. I have a big network behind me and I don’t want to disappoint them, either. Every person worked so hard for me to get the money to go to school and the only way I can repay them now is to give back by telling my story.

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not change anything. They are wonderful.

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