BENEFITING: HOUSE OF DELIVERANCE FOR BATTERED WOMEN
ORGANIZER: HOUSE OF DELIVERANCE FOR BATTERED WOMEN
EVENT: Purple Purse Challenge
HOUSE OF DELIVERANCE FOR BATTERED WOMEN wrote -
Someone asked me the question one day, “When did I start Living?” The answer to that question is, I was always living but it was in a domestic violence situation for 17 years.
No one knew what was going on in my home for several years. Everyone thought my marriage was perfect. “Oh what a perfect family” they would say. Does this sound familiar to you?
It was not until I told myself that I had enough of this and there had to be a better life for my kids and me. When I made that decision, that first step was probably the hardest decision I ever had to make, but I had to for sanity sake and my children’s wellbeing.
I opened up to my pastors, family members and other organizations that supported me. One day in 1997, after carefully planning my getaway, I moved my kids and myself to another state to start my new life. I found a job at one of the most luxurious hotels in housekeeping. You see, when I was married I didn’t have to work. It was another way of controlling my life. I worked hard in that position and worked my way up to management.
I am truly a living testimony of someone taking back their life and out of appreciation from what was given to me; I plan to assist other women that are currently in the same situation that I once was in. Once you realize that you are not alone, your journey will be a little easier to travel.