With her husband in prison, Flor and her children had nowhere to go…

“The Mission opened their doors to me.”

Flor and her husband came to the US from Mexico and started their life together. With five kids, they always had their hands full.

Then Flor found herself in a situation she never imagined… domestic abuse. “I immediately pressed charges and he ended up going to prison,” Flor says.

But since her husband was in prison, Flor had no way to pay rent and was unsure of how she could take care of five kids alone. When her half-sister asked them to move out, they had nowhere to go.

“My social worker helped me look for shelters all around, and thankfully, she found Rockford Rescue Mission,” Flor says. “They had space for all of us and I could tell doors were beginning to open.”
Flor and her children immediately found comfort in the hot meals and safe shelter at the Mission. “The staff are magnificent people,” she says. “They have good character, and do a really good job.”

Thanks to our Life Recovery Program, Flor learned parenting skills, budgeting skills and job training, so she can confidently care for her children when they leave the Mission. “I want to find a good job. Mostly, I want to study and learn English, then possibly move with my kids to start our lives over together,” she says.

Today, the family attends a local church that has a Spanish service, so Flor and her kids can absorb more of the message and truly find community. “My faith has grown… and I have seen my children’s faith grow too,” she says. “The moment we got here, I understood that God was working in our lives.”

“I’m grateful the Mission took my family in when no other place had room for us,” Flor says. “If we didn’t have this place, I don’t know what would have happened.”

 

Help other people like Flor… 

Flor’s story of hope and healing is inspiring. Our long-term recovery programs exist to help other men, women and children in the Rock River Valley find healing. Will you help provide this help to others?