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"The work your organization is doing is beyond outstanding! Thanks to all of your efforts my boys are stocked up for Christmas and don't want to put down their new toys! And I couldn't be more grateful for my advocate who is truly an angel... she was my rock during the hard times and truly cared for us; it always seemed more than just a job to her and I just can't say thank you enough!"
-Anonymous Client

"When I first came [to the YWCA Northeast Indiana Crisis Shelter], I didn't have anything or anyone, but now I have so much to look forward to when I walk out those doors. [You all] gave me something I didn't have before and that's hope and faith. So, once again, thanks for everything you have done for me!"
-Anonymous Client

"My children and myself are survivors of domestic violence. Because of [my YWCA Northeast Indiana case manager] we have been able to overcome alot of obstacles and felt like someone truly cares. I have been representing myself in court for over 2 years in a case that has been long and very stressful, and [my case manager] has been there for us in the last 9-10 months non-stop when we had no one else and felt like giving up. She not only has gone to court with me and listened to me and given me advice, she has earned the trust of my children an has gone to school and ate lunch with them. When we had no where to live she helped us with info to get into the YWCA shelter. She has helped us with food and basic needs. Above all else she has helped me believe in myself again and keeps telling me that I am a strong woman and I can do anything. I would have given up if not for her."
-Anonymous Client

"The most important thing I learned through the YWCA program was that the reasons for my low self-esteem all revolved around his insecurities, and that I didn't cause it. His low self-esteem controlled his behavior, causing him to want to tear me down to his level. He was insecure about my career and my independent nature. He was jealous of how I could deal with situations better than him – just another reason he had to criticize me and break me down. His need to control me was due to his own inability to get control of his life. Through the YWCA program, I was successful in getting out of this situation for good. I was counseled for a lengthy time prior to getting out of the relationship and, upon leaving the relationship, I continued counseling and then advanced to the Steps to Success program. My case manager was a tremendous help in encouraging me to strive for a better life for me and my kids. I went from constantly being afraid to peace and happiness with myself. I was able to support myself, finish school, and enjoy every day. I spent time learning about me and who I am. I no longer felt like I had to be in a relationship to feel complete."
- Anonymous Steps to Success graduate

"From the other side of the ocean, I came to the U.S. through a marriage and I've never imagined that I had to stay in a woman's shelter for several weeks. I would like to say thanks to the staff, especially...my two advocates, who helped me a lot during the time I stayed there. I very much appreciate what the YWCA has done for me and I'll never forget the memories which I've had during the time I stayed there."
-Anonymous Client

"There is no real way for me to show my appreciation for what has been done for me at this shelter. I was in a vicious cycle of being dependent on everyone but myself. Being here has taught/made me become independent. I haven't been on my own in a long time. I am finally proud of myself again. I am on the right path to make my kids proud of me again and that means the world to me. Most of all, I don't want to waste my life being dependent and depressed. Thanks to the YWCA Shelter, I feel like a new person. I haven't felt good about myself in a long time. Thank you."
-Anonymous Client

 

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