Escape

Client Testimonials

  • Miranda, an MBA career professional, came to us with a black eye and a broken spirit. Here is what she had to say about Hope’s Door:

    “When I left court, I had more than my order of protection. I went home with my dignity and my confidence restored. Hope’s Door had built a protective fence around me and my family. It was the first time in months that I felt I could breathe.”

  • Tammy fled to our shelter with her three boys. Here is what she told us:

    “My three boys and I lived with abuse for seven years before I found the courage to call the hotline at Hope’s Door. I finally realized that we just couldn’t live like that any longer.”

  • Domestic Violence survivor (Elizabeth):

    “Hope’s Door has given me the courage and hope I never had before and has helped me become the woman I was meant to be – strong, courageous, and most of all free.”

  • 16-year-old Kristy revealed her abuse after a workshop at her high school. Here is what Kristy told us:

    “Even after my ex-boyfriend strangled me, I didn’t tell anyone. I didn’t know where to turn. I felt stuck. Then I heard about Hope’s Door. I not only learned how to protect myself but now I can help others facing the same problem.”

  • A Teen Survivor told us the following:

    “Being with my boyfriend made me feel like I had no voice. Now that I found Hope’s Door, I am starting to see that I am not his property and that I can stand up for myself. I am ready to take the next step forward.”

  • Domestic Violence Survivor (Cheryl):

    “When we first arrived at the shelter, I looked around and was stunned. I don’t know what I was expecting— maybe a gymnasium with cots all around and me staying awake all night to protect the kids. What I found was a home where everybody did everything they could to make us feel safe and comfortable.”

  • "When I first went to Hope’s Door, I was destitute, alone, depressed and without a job, money, family or friends. One would wonder how I'd gotten myself in this situation in the first place, but let’s chalk it up to a series of unfortunate events and a bad case of domestic violence. At Hope’s Door, I found hope. I had support and someone to help me navigate the legal and social policy quagmire. However, what was truly life changing was the compassion showed to me by some of the most wonderful people I have ever met. They pushed me to think, to stand on my own two feet, to seek help, and to learn to help myself. I remember those lessons and use them in my work as an RN, as a friend, as a mentor, as a daughter and as a significant other. Today I am smiling as I write this, on my couch, in my scrubs, in my own apartment. Five years ago, as I sat in my counselor’s office crying my heart out, I could never have imagined that today I would be who I am - where I am. If I had three entities to thank for today, for my life, Hope’s Door would be one of them."

    Five Years Later – Natasha’s Story (Above)

  • "My daughter Jenny is only nine years old, but even she knows that hurting people is wrong. After her abusive stepfather left, Jenny still had nightmares about him. My once cheerful child became withdrawn and fearful that the abuser would return. My counselor at Hope’s Door suggested that I bring Jenny to see the children’s counselor. My daughter was shy at first, but after a few sessions “playing” and talking with her counselor, Jenny opened up. She says she doesn’t feel so afraid any more."

    Jenny’s Story (Above)

  • Here is what one client said to one of the staff in a thank-you card: "Thank you for running a great program for victims of domestic violence. I feel so much stronger and happier. Now, I am no longer a victim but a victor, and I can’t wait to start the rest of my life."

    Thank You from Cheryl (Above)