After six years of a toxic marriage – suffering physical and emotional abuse – as well as great hardship and loss – Tiyonna knew she had to find a different path. A way out.
She needed to make a safer, better future for her daughter with cerebral palsy and her two sons.
“I was most afraid I would be walking away from God by walking away from a toxic marriage. I was afraid of disappointing God. I did everything I could to try to save the marriage. I realized that no one was going to make this hard decision for me. I was going to have to grow up, step out on faith and go forward in fear.”
She packed up, and headed to her father’s while she worked to secure an apartment. She had nothing but her faith and commitment to her kids. With some help from the community, she was getting a fresh start on her own two feet.
Six months after moving into her new place, which her daughter Mia’s school helped furnish, she found herself struggling to financially stay above water. Bills and medical needs for Mia were taking a toll. She was facing eviction.
Then Mia had a seizure that required hospitalization and life support.
It was almost too much to handle, especially after having lost three children already – due to miscarriage, a fatal surgery complication, and passing while asleep. A friend reached out and recommended going to City Rescue Mission. Her boys stayed with their father, and Mia came to the Mission with Tiyonna.
“It changed my life – and Mia’s. This was the support I needed.”
She’s healing now, and working on recreating her life and reuniting with her boys. Without donors like you, Tiyonna and Mia would have had nowhere to go. Because of you, Mia receives the special care she needs, and Tiyonna is able to build a healthy future. She is rediscovering her passion for nursing (she became a CNA in 2005), and wants to pursue a bachelor of science in nursing.
“I’m understanding who I am now, and my worth. It’s nice to lay my head on the pillow and know I’m giving it my all. I pray harder in the difficult times and depend on others and God. God is up to something. I’m excited about it – I wake up excited about life.”
For women who’ve experienced unspeakable trauma and abuse, Tiyonna says “there is a way out.”
And it’s at City Rescue Mission.