Mom Accomplishes Big Dreams
When I think of success, I always think of our survivors big accomplishments. One of the moms I worked with reminded me that success is in the small steps you make every day.
Dona went into our shelter about five years ago. Ever since then, she has been participating in the NEWS Kids Exposed to Domestic Violence (KEDS) Program. She was determined to make sure she and her children never end up in an abusive situation, like she had in the past, again. Financially, Dona has always struggled, but that hasn’t stopped her from pursuing her dreams and making sure her children are in a home free from domestic violence.
Every Wednesday Dona and her two children attended our support groups, never missing a week and always getting there early. Her children, Tami and David are now teenagers, new to the dating scene. They have been attending the NEWS Youth Matters Program where teens receive coaching about healthy relationships. Dona wants to make sure they learn about dating safety, relationships, and red flags. Tami is finishing high school this year and was able to get support at school from our NEWS staff.
Dona’s dream was to get her GED, and one day work in a drug and alcohol center. Thanks to help from Ana, our NEWS Law Enforcement Liaison at the Monarch Family Justice Center, Dona was able to take her English GED test and she PASSED! This was not only scary for her, since she does have a learning disability, but she didn’t have a computer or internet fast enough to take her test. Ana was able to help me arrange a quiet space and computer for her at the Monarch Center.
She was so grateful and had teary eyes. She is so thankful for NEWS and everything we have done for her. To her, we are not just an agency, but we are her family. She has her science and math test coming up, and if she passes, she will be getting her GED. Not only that, but NEWS advocates are also helping Dona look into internship programs with local non-profits.
Dona is a reminder that small accomplishments in our daily life, lead us to accomplishing our big dreams.
Elizabeth Alfaro, NEWS Kids Exposed to Domestic Violence (KEDS) Program Manager