Debbie's Story

“My two children and I went to One Eighty to escape Domestic Violence. At the beginning all I needed was a safe place for my children. While in the shelter I received counseling and other support. All I wanted was to find a job, get my kids in school and create a routine. I wanted to feel normal.

To get my life back, I took classes in money management, how to save money on groceries and budgeting. Once I found a job we moved from the shelter into an apartment. When you’re in the Housing Assistance program like I was, my rent was based on my income. This helped me find stable housing, keep working and create a small savings—all at the same time.

Going through a crisis also exposed me to hundreds of acts of kindness. A kind family from Orrville charged me little for a decent vehicle. Dozens of families from throughout Wooster and Wayne County donated furniture and other household items so we can furnish our first apartment. And others helped with after-school activities so that I wouldn’t miss work. I never thought I would ever need help. People I didn’t know helped me. Along with the support from One Eighty’s Shelter and Housing programs, life is good. It’s a blessing to be part of a caring community.”

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