SAN ANTONIO – A transitional housing program that opened two years in the past is seeing its first graduates.
When Sharon Francis walked into the My Mariposa program by Providence Place two years in the past, she was not sure however optimistic about getting assist to show her life round for the higher.
“I knew that I wanted path. I wanted to be taught to like myself,” she stated.
The My Mariposa program started in 2019 to assist ladies who had been victims of human trafficking, sexual assault and home violence.
Francis, a mom to a 4-year outdated, was prepared to start out a greater life for her daughter.
“To be handled the way in which I’d been handled over such a very long time in my life, I believed it was regular,” she stated.
Francis reached a degree the place she wanted to get out, and he or she wanted assist. She discovered her method on the shelter by isolation in remedy and within the firm of different ladies with comparable tales.
“I’m studying nonetheless to like myself. I’m not the place I wish to be, however I’m a lot additional than the place I used to be,” Francis stated.
The My Mariposa program homes as much as 20 ladies. Angelica Cervantes, chief program officer at Windfall Place, says there’s a major distinction within the ladies.
“Each single girl that comes right here is an computerized success as a result of individuals have to know the willpower that it took for someone to achieve out for assist,” Cervantes stated.
Cervantes stated a number of ladies left this system early for one motive or one other, together with some who left to look after kinfolk affected by COVID-19.
Francis is now employed and out on her personal. She hopes to run her personal program sometime to assist stroll ladies out of their trauma and into higher lives.
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