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Transforming a difficult life

Original post made by Tim Hunt, Castlewood, on Sep 24, 2013

One of my favorite events is the annual Shepherd’s Gate banquet.

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Posted by proudmom
a resident of Happy Valley
on Sep 24, 2013 at 8:16 pm

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In 1998, and again in 2003, after having escaped with my child from a violent spouse, I tried to get help, even temporarily, with Shepherd's. They turned us away both times because I wasn't an alcohol or drug abuser; my son and I were just severely abused and needed help. Ironically I gave nearly everything I owned and couldn't keep to Shepherd's, so we had to move in with my elderly parents. My son just celebrated his 5-yr anniversary in the United States Coast Guard. Hope and trust is hard earned. I hope and trust Shepherd's policies have changed to help all women and children. I mainly help Veterans now.

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Posted by JHarp
a resident of another community
on Sep 27, 2013 at 3:11 pm

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Tim, we were so glad to see you last Thursday evening at our event! Your support of Shepherd's Gate, and the women and children we serve here, is awesome and we so appreciate you! I did want to quickly address proudmom's comment and let her know I am sorry for the abuse she suffered from a violent spouse, my heart goes out to her and her son. I also wanted to let her know our policy has always been to help women who are homeless from abuse, addiction and poverty, we have never just exclusively helped women suffering from drugs and alcohol. We do however help women find shelters in other areas if their violent spouse is close by, both for their safety and the safety of the other women in the shelter, this is a pretty standard policy when sheltering domestic violence victims, I don't know if this was the reason in her case. All that to say I am so glad her and her son are doing well now!
Thank you again Tim for your article and your support!
Jennifer Harp
Shepherd's Gate

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