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Supporting Our Mothers

July 28, 2014

Nowhere are the needs of mothers and their children more evident than in our domestic violence program, Asian Women’s Home.

Jennifer came to our shelter with her three-year-old son David. While David’s father never abused him directly, young David watched over and over as his father yelled and hit his mother. By the time he was three, he was afraid to be in the same room with his father and would even try to protect his mother from the abuse.

Jennifer called our hotline after hearing an Asian Women’s Home counselor on a Vietnamese radio show. She and David arrived at our shelter with almost nothing, so we helped her with food, clothing, toiletries, and other basic necessities. Her family advocate also worked with her to apply for social services and find an apartment after leaving the shelter. The last time we spoke with her, she had found a stable job, was taking English classes, and David was starting preschool.

We would like to thank United Way Silicon Valley for their generous support of Asian Women’s Home. Until 2020, United Way’s investment strategy will prioritize helping families with children become economically secure, physically and emotionally healthy, able to support their children’s educational success, and connected to their community.

Through United Way’s three year renewable grant, $50,000 a year for a total of $150,000, families at Asian Women’s Home have been able to utilize our safety net services such as food, housing, and financial aid. They’ve been able to see free and low cost doctors and therapists who speak their language and understand their culture. They’ve learned how to better navigate the American school system and access resources, and they’ve been able to seek a new life free from abuse.

To learn more about Asian Women’s Home services, volunteering, or donation opportunities, please visit sjawh.org.

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