Our Client Spotlight: A Rose Blossoms
A recent client who came to Family PASS as part of our collaboration with Shelter House's Domestic Violence (DV) program is a determined young mother with two children from Ghana. We will call her Abal, which means Wild Rose in Ghanian.
She came to the US with her husband and two young children seven years ago but the promise of a better life disappeared when her husband began to abuse her. She remained in the home for her children but in reality she felt she had nowhere to go. Her spouse, as is the case in many domestic violence situations, used control of the finances to keep her confined. Finally, fearing for her safety, Abal fled with her children and was temporarily housed in Shelter House's 24-hour emergency shelter for DV victims.
When you cannot read you are blind
Abal is illiterate. When Family PASS took her as a client, we first found a safe home for her family. Once Family PASS houses a family, the focus is on their immediate needs and the path that will help them become independent and successful. Currently, Abal works as a housekeeper at a hospital but, due to her illiteracy, opportunities are limited.
Family PASS found a tutor for Abal and after her first week of tutoring, Abal became a dedicated student.
"This is why I came to the US--to make a better life for me and my children.
Once I can read and write, I can do everything and will have so many opportunities. Not being able to read feels like being blind; I see signs everywhere but have no idea what they say or mean. Having the ability to read will be like being able to finally see."
She is now studying for her citizenship. We know there's a bright future for Abal and her family.
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