Why We Exist
Imagine for a minute that your partner is no longer the person you fell in love with. No, you didn’t just grow your separate ways. No. One day your partner showed his true self and he turned out to be manipulative and violent.
Maybe that side of him would peek through after a stressful day at work or a night of drinking with his buddies and he would come around the next morning telling you he was sorry and didn’t mean to hurt you. And you love him so you believe him.
You hide the bruises with long sleeve shirts and makeup and put a smile on your face. But then it happens again, and again.
Finally, you have a choice. It’s not an easy one, but in a panic, you leave.
Staying with your partner could mean your life, but leaving is still terrifying. Staying was painful but it was comfortable, now you’re venturing into the unknown. You’re probably feeling confused and alone.
A woman’s initial contact with Rowan House typically starts with a call to our crisis line where her story, much like the one you just read, can be heard. If she agrees that our programming is a good fit and space is available she will begin her journey with us.
Once settled in, women and their children find community at Rowan House. They see other families are going through the same thing and they are not alone.
Women don’t have to worry about where their next meal is going to come from or ensuring their children have clothes on their backs, they can focus on coping and accessing services for moving forward.
Children also find comfort with our staff. They learn how to regulate their emotions and deal with the violence that they’ve witnessed or even experienced themselves.
Our staff encourage women to see themselves as complete and whole. We believe in second chances, new opportunities and homes free of violence.
As a past resident once said, “This is the best place to heal, grow and educate yourself. Bless each family and woman in their journey to greatness.”