“We feel safe now”

When Blanca found herself homeless her first thought was the same as always: protect her young children. Forced to the streets after an ex-partner’s attempts to harm her, Blanca knew they needed help to survive.

Blanca came to City Rescue Mission hoping for a hot meal and safe beds for herself and her children. What they found was so much more — they received a second chance for a safe, happy life.

“When we came here, we were greeted with open arms,” Blanca says. “We feel safe now. Everybody is so loving here. My children don’t know that we’re in a mission.””

Her time spent living on the street had left Blanca with PTSD, but with her family’s basic needs met, Blanca could finally address the trauma she had experienced, and begin to rebuild her life.

Work therapy in the housekeeping department, daily devotionals and our Recovery Program, one of the Bridge to Life programs, all worked together to lift up and heal Blanca. Today, finally feeling whole, Blanca and her children are in permanent housing and are looking forward to the future.

“I’m grateful to be part of the City Rescue Mission family,” she says. “Because of your help, people like us get another chance at life.”

Only through the generosity of friends like you can we continue making a real, lasting difference in the lives of more hurting people like James. Thank you for all you do!

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