Towing three children with her, a young mom realized in order to save her life she had to get away from her abusive husband. He had already tried to kill her on more than one occasion.
After finding their way to Colorado Springs, she was eager to start over and build a healthier life. Fortunately, this mom connected with three organizations that could offer resources to keep her family safe and help them build a vibrant future.
“It was hard walking through the door the first time,” she said. “But we needed a way to start over.”
With a hand from a three Empty Stocking Fund agencies — TESSA, The Resource Exchange and Tri-Lakes Cares — this young family was soon making progress, becoming self-sufficient and building the kind of life they had hoped for.
TESSA arranged a safe, confidential place for her family to live without persistent fear of being tracked down by her ex-husband, as well as legal advice and guidance to reinvent their lives.
The Resource Exchange helped this mother care for her developmentally disabled son. “His disability is not visible, so it’s hard for people to recognize he is disabled,” she said. “The Resource Exchange trained him in appropriate ways to interact with other people.”
The only human services organization in northern El Paso County, Tri-Lakes Cares helps families in the area whose income does not sufficiently cover basic needs like housing, groceries, utilities, transportation and health care. “Tri-Lakes Cares gave me stability,” the mother said. “There’s not another place like it. They bring humanity to their services — you don’t feel like just another number.”
The organizations that made it possible for this family to grow are three of the 20 recipient agencies of the Gazette-El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund. Over the past 31 years, ESF has raised more than $17 million to help meet the growing demand for services in the Pikes Peak region. Each year, 100 percent of the funds directly benefit local health-and-human-services agencies on the front lines of helping people in need and assisting others in achieving self sufficiency.