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The journey that led me to Crossroads for Women began almost 2 years ago, when I left everything I owned for the love of myself and my children. It's a day I will never forget; packing a trunk load of belongings with my two children. I drove away and never looked back. Had I not left when I did, I would not be here today and possibly the same fate would have been true for my children. 
 
Leaving all my family behind, my home and all I ever knew was not an easy choice to make. I had no clue what I would do. I had no money (because he had manipulated control over that too), no job, no place to stay and not much faith in what would become of myself and my life. Not only did I have myself to worry about and nurture, but also that of my children. I was taking them away from anything and everything they had ever known, to a city with no friends or family. The day I entered Crossroads for Women I met some great workers. Women that believed me, understood what I was going through and encouraged me in every moment I doubted in myself and what I was trying to accomplish. There were days I just wanted to throw in the towel and go back to my home. They encouraged me and reminded me of how far I had come and that good things were around the corner. There were moments when the overwhelming emotions would come but with each day I grew healthier and stronger. I found a full time job, my children entered new schools and began making connections in their new town. 

Now, almost two years later..... We are free, we are settled in, we have a new place to call home and we are living abuse free. Anxiety and fears have subsided and I no longer have to look behind me to see who's there.  

Although It was a hard long road to walk, Crossroads for Women gave me a place where I could find refuge, a feeling of safety when I went to bed at night, food and the moral support I was in need of. I will forever hold a special place in my heart for the ladies that took the time to care for us and those who gave us their support and love.

- Anonymous 

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"I felt safe for the first time in my life. I felt welcome, secure, happy and stable. When I had questions, the staff answered. They got little things I needed and were always open to chat and support. I learnt not to let it get as far as it did. Even if you think you have nowhere to go, you do and you don’t have to stay in an abusive relationship. I don’t think Crossroads or the staff can get any better."
- Anonymous

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"When I first came to Crossroads for Women, I was overwhelmed, but comfortable. The staff was very helpful. They were supportive and guided me when needed. I created goals for myself and my children. My views on abuse have changed. When I first arrived I was distraught thinking how can this happen to me. I am much less in denial. Now I understand I’m not at fault. The staff were amazing. I always had lots of help and support. They gave me access to numbers, names and agencies. There was always someone to listen and be supportive. I was able to keep my kids together, to start courses, to find a place to live while being in a safe home."
- Anonymous

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"I don’t know where to start, maybe the best way is to tell you a little about me. I am a single mother to 3 children. I had left a 12 year relationship because my children were unhappy and I was unhappy, and living with a lot of mental and verbal abuse. While at the shelter I took all the courses and sessions that were available. It was good to be with the other women, as for the first time I knew I wasn't alone & I knew I wasn't the only one. The staff was always available to talk. They were kind and caring and knowledgeable. 

I did go back to my abuser but I went back with knowledge.He did everything and said so much stuff to make me feel better, and I believed him. I ended up going back with him in hopes that he had changed only to discover he didn’t, in fact he got worse. I knew soon after going back that he hadn't changed, but I did. Because of the courses and chats with the staff I knew that I could no longer accept his behaviour towards myself and the children. I have now left my abuser. I am seeing the effects on my children. Is it easy? NO, some days we take it one minute at a time. The shelter and staff gave me the tools to help my family.  My Outreach worker from Crossroads is very kind and caring. I appreciate all the help she and the shelter have given me. Thanks for being by my side as I take the steps to having the life my family deserves."

- Anonymous