Sofia came to SSHA as a single mother with three children, escaping domestic violence.  She fled her abuser with her children, taking no possessions. She and the children lived on the street for a period, resorting to theft for food. Her English skills were limited and she lived in fear that her abuser would locate her. 

When she came to SSHA, her case manager became a supportive friend to the family, even accompanying her to court dates. SSHA helped provide basic needs such as clothing, grocery cards, and transportation costs. SSHA ensured the children had a happy Christmas for the first time in years. SSHA helped connect her to community supports and resources. 

Today, she is supporting herself and she and her children are living in their own rented apartment.