“I was in an unhealthy relationship and I came to a realization that I needed to leave. I didn’t just leave the town, I left the state. It was a must that I did that, for my kids. I got on the road and I came to North Carolina.”
Determine to keep her kids safe, Sharell formed a plan to start a new life. When she got the chance to leave, she took it. But within a week of her arrival, all of her resources fell through.
“We didn’t have anywhere to go and no help from anyone. So, I drove around to different places, called different places, and somehow, I got led to The Salvation Army. They told me to be here by seven o’clock because they had another family on call. They told me if I could make it there, they would have a room for us. I packed up my stuff and my kids as quick as I could and got there by seven o’clock. They welcomed us with open arms.”
Sharell started staying at The Salvation Army Center of Hope. She was given a family room, so she and her children could stay together and make sure they had a safe place to sleep at night. She was also assigned a caseworker to help her find a stable job, housing, and daycare.