Tell me your favorite success story.
Just helping someone get to safety is a success story to me. With that being said, one case does stand out. We had a young woman in her 30s, who was an immigrant and did not speak English. Her abuser kept her very isolated as a form of control. She had never done anything on her own. She escaped her abuser and came into our shelter with her 2 small daughters, and then moved to transitional housing for 3 years. We helped her learn English, open a bank account, ger her driver’s license, buy a car, get a Food Handler’s card, and gain full custody of her children. While in transitional housing, she got her associate degree while holding down a full-time job. She still comes in every holiday to visit.
How can people help?
Volunteer!! Your time equals money for us and makes a huge difference. You can also donate money or attend one of our fundraising events. We just had a Casino Night to bring awareness to teen dating violence, and have our annual western themed event in October, which is also National Domestic Violence Month. You can find great deals at our Thrift Store, located in Yucca Valley, and donate your gently used goods there. Sign up for our newsletter, the Unity Home Scoop, to keep up on happenings. Last, take our free training and get educated on DV and what can be done to fight it. Join us in helping change lives!
Listed below are Unity Home’s programs:
1. Outreach office – counseling, 12 different support groups each week, assistance filing restraining orders, on-site supervised visitation, court support, commodities (food, toiletries, thrift store vouchers)
2. Thrift Store – sales of donated items help augment funding
3. Shelter or out of town shelter placement
4. Transitional Housing for clients who apply and qualify
5. Transportation – rides provided to medical appointments, court, CalWorks appointments, etc., and daily or monthly bus passes
6. Healthy Relationships training at High Schools – to help children of DV relationships break the cycle, and to bring awareness to the teen dating violence issue