In this video and above, Michelle and Ana (names changed to protect their identities) are seen safely at their residence and shopping at The Hope Chest, a thrift shop benefiting an area domestic violence shelter. They are relaxed as they shop for new clothing on their road to recovery.
They were connected to BEDS Plus after a stay at a domestic violence shelter and are now in the BEDS Plus Families in Transition (FIT) housing program. The FIT program offers up to 24 months of rental assistance and intensive case management for families who need additional support after fleeing a domestic violence situation.
Leading obstacles for women fleeing domestic violence are financial restraints and lack of credit. Financial dependency makes it difficult for survivors to flee their abusers. BEDS provides housing and supportive services for a path towards independence.
While shopping, Michelle told us, "I'm learning to ask for help," and reminded her daughter, "find something each day that you appreciate in your life."
Thank you to The Hope Chest and Pillars Community Health for being an important resource to BEDS Plus and for women fleeing domestic violence.