*Susan is a twenty-five year-old single mother with an enviable commitment to improving her life and the lives of her two young daughters. *Susan courageously made the decision to leave her abusive partner and seek support from Alice Housing, which provides safe and affordable housing for women and children fleeing family violence.
“Susan came to us with big dreams,” says Joanne Bernard, executive director of Alice Housing. “She was determined to participate in as many programs and workshops as possible to become a healthy role model for her two young children”
*Susan moved into one of Alice Housing’s units
which she knew would provide her with safety and affordability for up to two years. While at Alice Housing, *Susan learned about the causes of abuse and coping strategies. She learned to manage her own anger, and she decided to focus on the future by building a career for herself.
Both of Susan’s children have thrived in the Healing the Bruises Program and enjoy the art therapy and counseling sessions with Lori.
Susan decided to leave Alice Housing recently to find housing closer and more convenient to her children's school. Her outlook and attitude are positive and self-fulfilling.
Susan will enter her third year at the Nova Scotia Community College. Her goal is to open her own business.
“Her self-sufficiency had increased substantially since entering Alice Housing 4 years ago,” says Joanne. “She’s learned to keep her focus as she moves forward with her plans. Her children are thriving and I’ve no doubt she’ll reach her goal.”