Twyla was a homemaker, living with the love of her life until love turned into years of loneliness, pain, and fear. She and her partner struggled in a cycle of physical abuse, gaslighting, and mental abuse. She began to sustain injuries that were becoming increasingly horrific and she knew she had a life-or-death decision to make. But where would she go without a job and without any support?
Twyla decided to risk it and escaped with her clothing and her car. She lived in her car for months during the winter until she reached the top of the waiting list for supportive housing. She found work and was proud to be able to pay her own rent. It was several more months before she could choose to share her story with her case manager and trust other residents enough to join them for community meals and events.
Through tears, she said this was the first place she felt like she could let down her guard and feel truly safe.
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