Amanda2When Amanda’s controlling, violent and alcoholic husband threatened her daughter, she knew it was time to leave. She had had enough and although she didn’t know where she would go, she loaded her three kids into the car and pulled out of the driveway. How had this happened to her? She had been so excited to have her husband return from military deployment, but once he got home, she knew that her life was irreversibly changed. Fearing for her safety and that of her family and with no resources of her own, she contacted the YWCA Women’s Shelter for help. It was Mother’s Day and one she would never forget. She knew that she couldn’t go back to her husband and home, ever!

The YWCA provided her with what she needed to heal and build a new life. Her kids were able to get therapy though the YWCA’s arrangement with the Children’s Center and she received the help she needed to file for divorce through the Salt Lake Area Family Justice Center. “I took advantage of the many groups and resources available to me. I made friends and received the caring advice and support I needed from the staff. Most importantly I regained hope and began to build confidence.”

Today Amanda is happily involved in a healthy relationship and has added a baby boy to the family. She also serves on the YWCA Board of Directors and coordinates an annual benefit for the YWCA in honor of her sister Heidy (also a victim of domestic violence).

At the Heart of Our Community are people like Amanda and organizations like the YWCA Women’s Shelters where the primary goal is safety and advocacy for women. It’s what makes Our Community great!

For more information about the YWCA and their programs or to volunteer or donate visit www.ywca.org.

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