Remembering client stories enables us all to focus on what we’re doing and reminding us of the impact everyone (employees, volunteers, clients, and even those just interested enough to read this) can make.
A single, 29-year old, mother of two (ages 5 and 10) came to Triangle Family Services (TFS) seeking assistance with housing. Rhonda* had relocated from New York to the Tar Heel state in June 2009 because of a relationship that had taken a wrong turn. She was employed in New York full-time, but found herself now without a home for her and her children. Her abuser located her in North Carolina, leaving her with no other option than to begin life at a domestic violence shelter. Transitioning from having some stability in her life to becoming jobless in a shelter was proving itself to be very difficult; she realized she needed some help.
Once at TFS she was assigned a case manger and with their joint efforts were able to locate housing for her and her family. Shortly after Rhonda moved into her new home she gained employment. The position was temp-to-hire and required working evenings and weekends, not ideal for a single mother in a new place without family support. However, she did not give up. Rhonda continued looking for another position and just before her case was closed she gained salaried, full-time employment at a technology company. She stated that without the assistance of TFS she believes she would have had no choice but to return toNew York with her abuser.
Triangle Family Services is happy to have been able to help Rhonda and her children. We are all delighted to know that they are safe, comfortable, and able to enjoy themselves.
*names have been changed to ensure confidentiality and to protect the innocent