A Safe Place

Her week consisted of a crescendo of violence, pain, fear, and the ever-present weapon accompanying the many threats. All she had were the clothes on her back and her trusty dog.

“Where can I go? How can I get there? Will I ever be safe?” These questions circulated like a tornado around her, nearly swallowing her up.

Then, she came to Shepherd.

She came through our doors – horribly beaten and fearful of her spouse. She had never been at Shepherd before and had no connections to us from previous services. So, I asked her a how she ended up here. Her answer was simple, yet profound. “I needed to get to safety. I have heard about Shepherd Community Center from so many; I knew I could come here and be safe.”

Thank you for helping to make sure our doors are always open. Every day, so many come here – a child, a spouse, a parent, a neighbor, an elderly adult, a man desperate for help – knowing it is a safe place, all thanks to you.

So, for this woman in need, she found her safe place. We helped her talk with the police. We gave her food, shelter, clothes, and a listening ear. We contacted an out-of-state relative, who took her to a new place to call home – even the dog.

Thank you for allowing us to open our doors every day for people who simply need a safe place.