Help 100 Families This Holiday Season!
$775 raised
8% of $10k goal
4 contributors
5 Years running

After many years of living with an abusive husband and after many attempts to leave him, I finally packed up my five year old daughter and three year old son and entered the doors of Halton Women’s Place.

Over the next seven weeks I learned how great it felt to feel safe and cared for. I saw a difference in my children as they began to play without fear. And when it came time for us to start our new life free of violence. I was excited, hopeful and scared.

What many don’t realize is that when a woman leaves her abusive home she is faced with many obstacles including lower income, different living situations, custody issues and the loss of family traditions.

Within two months of our departure from Halton Women’s Place, I began to struggle financially. And then the holiday season came.

I didn’t realize how difficult this season would be. Our family traditions were forever changed.   We all know it’s an expensive season, but I knew it would be exceptionally expensive for me this year. I wanted it to be as magical as ever I told my transitional support worker.

A week later, I was presented with a $100 grocery gift card and a $75 gift card to a department store. Donors provide these gift cards to the shelter to help women as they start their new life. I cried. A wonderful but complete stranger was looking out for me – for my children. I am forever grateful for that one act of kindness. That act gave me the courage to not give up on this journey.

Halton Women’s Place continues to work with clients who have just left the shelter and are working with a transitional support worker. We are hoping to raise $10,000 in gift cards, so we can support 100 women and their families this season. Please consider giving $5, $10, $20, $50 or more to Halton Women's Place. 

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