Because every survivor's life and challenges are different, what constitutes "success" varies greatly within our programs. Whenever a survivor takes a step, however big or small, to increase her/their safety and improve her/their circumstances, our agency chooses to celebrate her/them.
Content Note: These are the true stories of real people who have used our services. We have used pseudonyms and stock photos to preserve their anonymity.
"When I came to the safe house I knew what I wanted to do – get my GED. It always bothered me that I didn’t have a diploma, but my kids’ father would never let me take the test. I think he thought that if I got an education I’d be smart enough to leave him behind. Well, I was. And when I got to that house I signed up for a GED program right away. Then life got in the way. I moved out of the house and got my own place but it was hard to get to the classes. Whenever Tess from WRC would come visit she would encourage me to try again and remind me why it was so important to me. So I tried it again. And I passed! I had my graduation ceremony in July and now I’ve signed up for a Career Track Program. I feel so encouraged for the future. I believe in myself, thanks to those little nudges Women’s Resource Center gave me along the way."
"When I finally had to file a protective order against my gentleman friend, I found out that DeKalb County has a program to help older adults like me. I left with just my clothes and only had my pension and a part-time job. It was hard to get the things I needed and to find a new place to live that I could afford. Women’s Resource Center helped me with food, transportation and my medical expenses while I stayed with a family member. It took more than six months, but we finally found an apartment I could afford, and Women’s Resource Center helped me move in. They also got me furniture from the Furniture Bank and all the kitchen stuff and other things I needed. At my age, I shouldn’t have to live like I was living. I’m thankful I’m safe and independent and that Women’s Resource Center was there to help."
"It was a struggle to get re-established, even after leaving the safe house. I had been evicted before and didn’t make a lot of money on my own. All of the apartments were so expensive! I finally found a place to rent but it was almost $1,200 a month for a two bedroom. I wanted something cheaper, but this was pretty much my only choice. I needed to be somewhere safe with my boys. Thankfully, Women’s Resource Center continued to help even after I moved out. They helped me work out a budget, continued to work with my kids, and helped connect me with resources when I got stuck. They also gave us food and MARTA cards. I can’t believe it, but I was not late with rent once in the whole year! Their help gave me time to build up a better rental history and to show my boss how reliable I am. I got a pay raise, but also got another job offer that had even better pay and benefits. Now I have choices and I feel much more stable. I’ve shown myself and my sons that I can do this!"
"After my boyfriend was arrested for assaulting me, and Women’s Resource Center helped me file a protective order to keep him away, I hoped that would be the end of things. It wasn’t. I live in public housing and the Housing Authority found out about the arrest and protective order. They decided to revoke my housing voucher, meaning my son, my nieces that I’m raising, and I would all be out on the street. I reached back out to WRC and the advocate suggested that I appeal. I didn’t even know I could! It was all so scary and confusing. It felt horrible that I could lose my home because I did the right thing and tried to get safe.
A WRC advocate came to my hearing with me. She helped me through that whole process and helped the appeals panel understand what it was like to experience domestic violence. She helped them understand my decisions and what I might need going forward. The appeal was successful and we got to stay in our home. We still have a lot of pieces to put back together, but WRC says they will be with me every step of the way."