My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Second Step, Inc., Newtonville, MA, USA
I lived at The Second Step for just over a year. With the support of the residents and staff at the house I was able to accomplish things that I couldn’t accomplish in the four years that I was married to my abuser. I grew as a sister, as a daughter, as a friend, as a parent and most importantly as a woman. I learned how to be disciplined and organized. I learned how to multitask and follow the program guidelines, and at the same time I learned how to live my life on my own. Living with seven other families, I also learned to be more understanding, how to compromise and to be less judgmental since I had to live with all different types of personalities and cultures in the house.
While living at The Second Step, my children and I were able to get physical, mental, emotional and even the financial support we needed. Once a week I would meet with my case manager. We talked about going back to school, getting treated for some of my children’s and my health conditions and dealing with stress, just to name a few things. The Second Step was able to refer me to some very good programs. Early intervention was and still is one of the programs that my children benefit from. I was also able to access some funds available to help me pay off some of my debts.
I don’t know were I would be if I didn’t receive these services, but I can tell you, my life is so much better than it was. My children and I live in a beautiful two-bedroom apartment. We are receiving therapy to overcome the trauma we experienced. I work as a supervisor and I will be attending school in September to finish my BA. My children and I will also be traveling to visit family that I have not seen in six years. This is a trip that four years ago I could only dream about taking. But best of all, I can now look into my children’s eyes and say that everything is going to be okay. I can say this without being afraid that something is going wrong. Thanks to The Second Step, I am able to say this.