“Lacy” entered our office terrified, frail, and hunched over, crying and shaking as she shared pieces of her journey with us. We learned of prior financial, verbal, and physical abuse she suffered…including a recent incident of strangulation that caused her to suffer a stroke. She was able to get away from him, but with nothing to her name and nothing to stop the threats and attempts to return and kill her.

We stepped in and found her a safe place to live, food to eat, and beautiful new furniture from our community partner, Rooms to Go. Although she still feared his return and struggled to cope. Her family was many states away, but we felt it was their love and support she desperately needed.

After expressing our concerns, she agreed but knew she didn’t have the funds. We sent her home. Recently, we received a letter… “The most important thing that is still with me today are the words you said to me, ‘Today is the first day of your new life, and I believe in you!!’ These words have made me strong.” She expressed that she is safe and once again self-confident. She said was able to spend time with her father before his passing, she is in counseling, she has an attorney, and she is becoming an advocate. She expressed her gratitude from the bottom of her heart and “Lacy” will remain in our hearts forever as a reminder to never lose hope.

Please read this letter from "Lacy" expressing her gratitude:

“This letter is long over due. First, I am safe. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me. That time of my life, for me, was the absolute lowest I could be. Each day was such a struggle. I wasn’t able to see past that day and was at my wit’s end. I felt hopeless, overwhelmed, and depressed. You reached your hand out to me and really saved my life. You put a roof over my head, gave me electricity, a computer, and hope.

I will forever carry the words you said to me: “Today is the first day of your new life, and I BELIEVE IN YOU!” These words have made me strong.

Strangely, I didn’t realize while still in my home town that I was developing pneumonia. I became very sick and was hospitalized for some time. It took months to start feeling better again.

Julie, if not for your help, I wouldn’t have been able to get to see my family, my mom and dad. What I will forever cherish is that you made it possible for me to enjoy the last part of my father’s life. He lived for five more months. He did hold out until I got here. My father thanks you for helping his daughter. He was 91.

I’m working on moving forward. My battle isn’t over, but I am going forward each day. And I still have my little doggie. Sugar, thanks you too.

Julie, you are an amazing, beautiful person. If people could do a fraction of what you do, this world would be beautiful.

Thank you for giving me hope in my life again, and for believing in me. Believing is a powerful thing.

May God continue to bless you, your family, and all the people at Hands Across the Bay.”

Share |