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Autumn House helps single mom escape from violent relationship

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Posted: Sunday, December 8, 2013 12:45 pm

Bethany entered Autumn House a frightened single mother of three young children after suffering a brutal attack by a family member. During her stay at Autumn House, she was able to keep her children in the same schools, which helped them maintain some stability in their lives. Amber, Grace and Jason were able to attend groups facilitated by the Autumn House children’s specialist. For Jason, the oldest, this meant helping him begin to cope with the violent images he had witnessed of his mother’s abuse.

Bethany, determined to take the steps necessary to move forward, attended on-site groups, which included life skills, wellness and self-care, and parenting classes. She received a certificate for successfully completing the domestic-violence prevention class as well as a certificate for completing a two-part nutrition class that would benefit the whole family.

While at Autumn House, Bethany’s primary goal was to obtain housing for her family of four. She looked relentlessly for several months for a home that was suitable. However, barriers such as Grace’s health problems, poor credit and losing her own mother, created additional obstacles in the pursuit of her goals.

While these setbacks were extremely difficult to overcome, Bethany mustered the strength and support to persevere and eventually found a home for her family. Toward the end of her stay, she shared with the staff that her good days were happening more often than her bad ones. Bethany and the children were able to move from the program to their new home, taking with them a hopeful outlook.

It was the first of many good days to come.

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