When I was explaining how to operate the security system to our new mother, I noticed the eldest son, John (name has been changed) who is 10, watch and listen in. The little guy asked a few good questions on how the system worked. He wanted to know every detail. After our brief lesson, I could see a sense of calmness come over his face. This was the first time he has felt safe in a long time.
Often, it's the smallest who are impacted the biggest. Children who experience and witness domestic violence find their own coping strategies, many struggles with problems at school and in the community. John, did have difficulties in his old school. He was struggling and acting out in class. The teachers even suggested medication. Then, he came to live at The Bernie House. The new teachers, after reviewing his records from the old school, asked if the report was on the same child. It was. We made the difference. Join us.
80% of homeless mothers with children have experienced domestic violence. Too many victims leave emergency shelters without a safe place to live. Too many young children are victims of the circumstance. The demand for transitional housing, like The Bernie House, far exceeds the supply. This is what we do. Join us. Stand with families seeking safety. Stand with The Bernie House.
You can help make sure we're here for kids like John.
Thank you for your consideration.
With kindest regards and deepest appreciation,
Patricia Hughes Slaughter