Carla | 2015:
In September of 2015 I left my abusive marriage and took my three children with me. It's not easy to find a place to live when you have three children, and we ended up moving five times in six weeks. For the majority of that time, we were in the Fort Bend Women's Shelter. Soon after that, we were able to find an apartment, but we had next to nothing to furnish it. Shereen Sampson of Abigail's Place found out I was moving into the area and that I had a long list of huge needs. She and the volunteers at Abigail's Place set to work finding what they could for us so that when we moved in, we would have the furnishings we needed.
On the day before Thanksgiving, I arrived at Shereen's house early in the morning to meet her for the first time and see all of the things Abigail's Place had collected for us. In her garage was a washer and dryer, a computer desk, two dresser sets, a table, boxes of clothes, a coffee and accent table, cases of canned goods and drinks, new shoes for each of my kids, linens, and the list goes on and on. There were also about ten volunteers ready with trucks, trailers, and cars to help us move in. There was so much help that we only had to make one trip from Shereen's house to the apartment! As we finished moving everything in and gathered downstairs for a group picture, one of the men who had helped us led us in prayer. It was a day of unimaginable blessings.
Vita | 2016:
"One of the most difficult obstacles our families face (after leaving the shelter) on their road to independence is the lack of safe, affordable housing. While the Women's Center has some funding to help with rental assistance for survivors and their kids, there is never enough, and the need is very great. We support Abigail's Place in its efforts to provide safe housing for women and children who are trying to achieve self-sufficiency. We look forward to partnering with them for many years to come."
Vita Goodell, Chief Executive Officer
Fort Bend County Women's Center
Annette | 2016:
“Yesterday I had such a hard day with an emotional breakdown. The love and support I am receiving from people I don't know is such a blessing from God. I want to say thank you so much from my heart and because of you and your organization I know my daughter and I are going to be ok."