Joanne’s husband was abusive, but she convinced herself it wasn’t that bad— even that it was normal. Then, Joanne became pregnant and had a baby girl named Rylie. After that the abuse was terrifying. Screaming, hitting, and yelling. She never knew when she would have to shield Rylie from one of her husband’s outbursts. What if he hit Rylie? What if he really hurt her little girl?
Joanne knew she had to take Rylie and leave. But she had nowhere to go, no money, or even a high school diploma. There was no way she could afford an apartment and cover bills on her own. So, Joanne and Rylie went to a temporary homeless shelter where they spent Thanksgiving.
Rylie struggled at the homeless shelter. She often felt cold and had a difficult time sleeping with strangers walking around throughout the night. There was no privacy. She wanted the comfort of a home and a warm meal made by her mom.
After several nights in the shelter, Joanne discovered Vision House. This brave mother has continued to rebuild her life through Vision House programs, choosing to return to school to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher. This Thanksgiving holiday Joanne and her daughter have enjoyed the safety of a warm and loving home.