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Sarah's Journey (part 3 of 3)

21 February 2017 | 1:21 pm

We are often asked to describe the typical client’s stay in shelter.  While each story is unique, here is one survivor’s journey with CARDV. 

Previously in Sarah’s* story, her husband was removed from the home by law enforcement after he physically assaulted her.  Upon careful assessment of her safety and risk of future assault Sarah is granted a protective order and will stay in one of CARDV’s confidential shelters.  Click here to read part one of Sarah's Journey.  Click here for part two.

11:00 AM- The advocate drives Sarah and her children from the courthouse to the shelter.  The advocate explains that the    shelter is free and confidential, and that donations from the community enable CARDV to provide bedding, toiletries and food for those who stay.  The advocate helps Sarah and her kids get settled into their room.  It is a private room with a bed for Sarah and each of the kids.  Their window looks into the backyard where there is a playground and large grassy area.  
Sarah and the advocate put fresh linens on the beds.  The advocate takes Sarah and the kids into a supply room that is filled with beautiful handmade quilts donated by quilting groups in the community.  The kids each pick out a quilt in their favorite colors. 
Beds made, the kids let Sarah know that they are hungry.  The advocate follows Sarah to the kitchen and shows her the stocked pantry where she can fix a quick lunch.  The kids find toys in the living room and settle in to play while Sarah and the advocate discuss the rest of the day.  
Before the advocate leaves, she answers all of Sarah’s questions and lets her know that another advocate will check in with her later that day.  She reminds Sarah that the hotline is always available if she needs anything.  Sarah and her children all take naps after a very exhausting day. 
2:00PM—Feeling rested, Sarah connects with an advocate to plan how the coming days and weeks will look for her family.  When Sarah left her home this morning she packed some basic supplies for herself and children—she did not realize she was leaving home for the last time.  The advocate tells her that CARDV partners with community agencies to provide a full-range of free or reduced-cost services for survivors. Sarah and the kids will take the bus (free in Corvallis) to run some errands, get needed items and meet with partner agencies.   
5:00PM—Back at shelter Sarah makes dinner, washes the clothing they picked up at Vina Moses, gives the kids a bath and gets them into bed.   Later that night she meets with an advocate for the nightly house meeting.  
This is just a glimpse into Sarah’s first day with us—her journey will continue over the next several months, even years.  She may stay in shelter a few days, or for several weeks depending on her family’s needs.  CARDV will provide services throughout the entire process as Sarah seeks to become self-sufficient and  provide a safe home for her children.
If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse, please call.  All calls are FREE and CONFIDENTIAL. Se habla español. (541)754-0110 or (800)927-0197
*We have changed names and removed any identifying information for confidentiality. This picture is a reenactment.

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