What Friends Clients Have to Say...
"Friends made me stronger, Friends allowed me to see the light, without Friends I would have returned to my abuser, Friends helped me learn so much about myself, with Friends I didn't feel crazy anymore."
"How lucky and fortunate I was to find this wonderful resource to help me through the darkest of days until I could love myself again."
"I can honestly say that without the nonjudgemental guidance to help me prepare for leaving. I would still be walking on egg shells and living like a prisoner of war."
Written by a 14 year old - "It was scary leaving our home and when I got to the shelter - I think it was the first time I can ever remember feeling safe. Even now anytime my sisters and I are afraid we ask to go to Friends shelter. Friends has helped my family in many ways. I hope kids never have to live the pain we did."
"Coming to shelter was a scary time for me. I didn't know what I was facing. Before talking about the shelter you need to know about me. I am a diabetic who cannot work and depends on my husband for everything, so I stayed an lived with the fear and abuse. On December 27th, I walked away from my home, my medical care, my financial supporter, and abusive husband. I was hurting, afraid, and beaten down not only physically but emotionally and mentally. I came to Friends. The staff was supportive and patient. I made my own decisions and didn't have to make them right away. They gave me time to heal."
Program type: Provides emergency shelter, crisis management, support services, and prevention education for individuals and/or their children exposed to domestic and/or sexual violence.
Location: Washington County, Wisconsin
Number served in 2014:
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