Through both their triumphs and their struggles, our survivor sisters inspire us by continuing to persevere, pushing towards all that life has to offer them in becoming independent, strong women who are completely self-sufficient. The residents of Grace House, our long-term housing program, have the opportunity to get themselves on a fast track to independence, and all of them are working hard to achieve their goals. Here are some of the highlights:
- One of our survivor sisters is in the process of completing classes in order to obtain her high school diploma. She is taking general education courses at the local community college and is also taking a hip-hop dance class where she is excelling. Physical education can be extremely beneficial to a survivor’s healing, and the joy this class brings her is shared by all of us on her team.
- Our newest Grace House resident arrived at the end of August and is on fire for her recovery! She is enrolled in an outpatient program where she receives group counseling on a daily basis as well as one-on-one counseling. This is a great start to her time at Grace House and she continues to exhibit a positive attitude towards her rehabilitation.
- One of our Grace House residents has taken advantage of our Broken to Beautiful program where we take broken or damaged jewelry and allow our women to refurbish it into completely new, original works of art. She has truly excelled in her craft and makes beautiful pieces that are available for purchase. Not only is crafting a therapeutic activity for her, but this also has the potential to be a business opportunity. Not every survivor is a good candidate for a traditional nine-to-five job because of the strong aftereffects of their trauma, so our hope is that this can eventually provide her with a sustainable income which can put her one the path to independence.
- We are happy to report that one of our Grace House residents has successfully graduated from our program and is doing well in her new home with her new job. We are so blessed that she was able to complete our program and is now in a great position to use all the necessary skills she has learned from us. We will certainly miss her, but we are grateful to see her walk in faith in her independent journey.
Though we are very proud of all that our women have accomplished, we recognize the struggles they face as well. Through all their achievements, our women are still battling depression, anxiety, and the overwhelming symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We invite you to pray for them and their health, as our newest resident still does not have health insurance. This is a great opportunity for them to take the necessary steps to self fulfillment, so any prayers for their recovery will be greatly appreciated.
We are so grateful for your support in each of our survivor sisters’ unique journeys. Though each path is completely different from the next, all of the women we serve continue to work their recovery with the same amount of drive, effort, and hope. We can’t wait to update you again soon!