Kathy was a stay-at-home mom looking at her battered tearful face in the mirror. Many thoughts were running through her head as she cleaned the blood and tears from the sink. “Where can I go? How can I leave with no means to pay for anything?” Kathy came to the realization that she and her girls deserved better. With the images of her daughters in her head, she made the decision to leave; it would be hard, but it had to be done. They could no longer take the physical, emotional and mental abuse. They fled, leaving all of their belongings and that town, and began their lives anew. After 12 years of being a stay-at-home mom, Kathy, had to become a working mother. Because of a Family YMCA in Los Alamos scholarship Kathy enrolled two of her daughters in programs to help keep them busy after school and in the summer. Kathy could see that attendance at Y Summer Camp was bringing them out of the mentally dark places they had known. The camp was helping the girls start their healing process. Through other connections made at the Y, Kathy was able to find employment. Her young adult daughter also was offered a job through a Y connection, which restored her self-esteem and confidence as well as gave her a feeling of accomplishment. “My Family and I are very grateful for the financial assistance that we have received and continue to receive,” she says. “Without the scholarship assistance, these last 18 months would have been much harder to bear for both me and my children.”
Kathy and the girls restarted their lives with the assistance of a scholarship from The Family YMCA in Los Alamos. United Way of Northern New Mexico has been a supporting partner of the Y since 1955. For all of you who have continually made this funding possible for the scholarships, we thank you. Thank you for giving Kathy and her daughters an opportunity to get back on their feet.
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Names and images were changed to respect the privacy of the family in this story.