After 20 years in an abusive marriage, Isabel* mustered up all the courage she had, grabbed her 10-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter, and packed her car. It was a long drive from Arizona, but Isabel was not going to stop until she was safely parked at a domestic violence shelter in El Paso. She tried to escape before, but he always found them. This time had to be different. Isabel was a child bride, sold to her husband at the young age of 13 without anything to call her own.
This could be a story ripped from the world news headlines of today, but instead this is a story that ended up right here at Lena Pope. Chris, an experienced Lena Pope family counselor, noticed a new name on her calendar and looked forward to getting to work with the young child.
“My client is a precious child who had just escaped to the area with his family with just the clothes on their backs,” Chris said. “After just one meeting, I knew this was a very special family.”
Chris wanted to help Isabel and her family set up a home. They were renting a small apartment, but were sleeping on the floors. She believed in the power of Lena Pope’s family of donors, and within a few hours, an email was sent. Response came instantly! In a matter of minutes, Isabel and her family had what they needed, thanks to the generosity of people like you. Mattresses, bedding, towels, pots, pans, toiletries, chairs, couches — even toys and sparkly nail polish — were delivered within a few days.
Chris’ initial question after being so moved to assist her client was, “Is there any way Lena Pope can help this family?” It didn’t take long to answer that question. Lena Pope donors clearly asked themselves a different question — “Is there any way we can’t help this family?”
* Name changed to protect anonymity.