Adrian and his three children came to live at the shelter after his children had witnessed and been subjected to physical and sexual abuse at the hands of Adrian’s wife and her drug related friends. His wife and her friends had beaten Adrian severely, and kidnapped the youngest child, taking him to Mexico to live with strangers. At the time Adrian entered the CCS’ shelter, his youngest child had just been returned from the kidnapping. Adrian’s family had been living under poor conditions on a ranch in fear of retaliation. The biggest fear for Adrian was losing one of his children again. At our shelter the family had a safe place to live, and received much needed counseling. advocacy, and legal support. Adrian also benefited from the parenting skills he learned through the staff and other shelter residents. Below is a letter Adrian left for CCS when he and his family moved to a longer term apartment:
“Here we found security and rest from the tribulations of our lives. We found a home, albeit temporary, it was like an oasis in the middle of our desert. Fortunately, it is full of people who each encourage and labor with their own personal style and personal touch. All contributed to our emotional development and our moving forward. We take you always in our hearts with gratitude and caring. Thank you for your sensitivity, knowledge and patience with my children, and encouragement and confidence. To all the special people who labored in this project with tenacity and firm rules – you’ve made a safe, functional and special place for me and my children. Thank You.”
Adrian’s story is one of many that demonstrates how essential emergency shelter services are for those affected by violence. November 29th is #GivingTuesday. CCS invites you to be a part of this global day of giving back. Follow CCS for more stories of strength and how your support can make a difference in the lives of so many.