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After feeling like she was trapped on the streets, SVdP helped her escape

There was no escape. Deseree was trapped in an abusive relationship and felt that there was no way out of it. Her only options were to stay or go out on her own, which meant only one thing: the street. Eventually, she ended up having to choose this option and left the relationship, but found herself sleeping in her car and separated from her kids.

"I was hungry and didn't have anywhere to go," Deseree said. "I finally hit rock bottom and was like, 'You know what, I need help.'"

That's when one of her friends, who was also on the street, told her about SVdP and the resources available to help her. She came to our Resource Center on our Watkins campus and the social work team was able to help her find an apartment, a job, reconnect with her family, and furnish her new home through the SVdP Home Furnishings Program.

"It feels amazing," she said. "I didn't think I was going to make it off the street."

Her kids are so happy to see their mom get her own place and to spend time with her. Deseree already has plans for her new home and how she can bring a better life for her kids. 

The Bringing Hope Home series is brought to you by SVdP's Bruce Cooper and Chris Peterson.