Posted: July 19
This past winter, Ashley left the emotionally-abusive father of her two girls, 3-year-old Olivia and 4-year-old Ava. Unemployed and with no financial resources, she went to live in a crowded one-bedroom apartment with her cousin. When Ashley entered Vine Maple Place's program, she was anxious and depressed. Her girls were so traumatized by their experience that they would scream and cry when separated from her. Ashley didn't think it would even be possible to attend any of the employment or financial literacy classes because of their deep fears. After some encouragement from the girls' youth case manager, Ashley agreed to try leaving the girls in the hands of our trauma-trained staff and volunteers. At first it was very challenging. The only thing that would calm Olivia and Ava was to watch "Frozen" time after time. Gradually, the volunteers were able to build trust with the girls. With the use of breathing exercises and other "self-regulating" tools the girls began healing. Mom was encouraged when she was able to enroll Ava into an early education program without Ava being fearful. Ava and Olivia are now cheerful and out-going. When mom drops them off at Vine Maple Place's Kidzone summer program, the girls race ahead of their mom to greet staff and volunteers with hugs. What a transformation! And, because her girls are getting stable, Ashley can now confidently pursue her job search. To learn more about how Vine Maple Place is providing single parents and their children a chance to heal and grow stable, join us for a one of our monthly one-hour Vision of Hope tours. You can register on-line at www.vinemapleplace.org or call Community Outreach Coordinator, Moriah Niblack, at 425-432-2119, ext. 117. (image below is a representation, identities are protected).