Why We Exist
Susan came to Discovery House, like many mothers we support, with a heartbreaking and complicated story. After surviving an abusive relationship for years, she reached out for help to overcome her addictions and be reunited with her two young children. The addiction was a direct consequence of the abuse, and she had asked her mother to look after her children during the recovery period.
But leaving an abusive relationship is a process, not an event, and Susan wanted support to start a different kind of life for her and her family. With the Discovery House team and Child and Family Services, she created a service plan that included safe housing at Discovery House and counseling supports so she could be with her family again.
It was not an easy transition for this young family and Susan struggled with being a full-time parent. For years, her abuser had called her “ugly,” “worthless,” and a “waste of space.” She had no self-esteem, felt incapable of succeeding in anything and thought she was a bad parent. The abusive relationship took a toll on her children, who were often emotional and confused.
Now that the family was together, each individual was paired with a Case Manager and able to receive one-on-one support. Susan and her children all started to feel safer and free to plan for a stable future. Susan registered both kids in kindergarten. She set personal goals and even got accepted into a local college program.
Of course, there were setbacks along the way, but Susan had new tools at her disposal to work through them. The Discovery House team works hard to empower women to take back control of their lives and build a new future free from abuse. With the support of the case managers, this young mother started to believe in herself again and the children got their Mom back, a little bit healthier and happier.