One Last Thing to Try
“One lesson at a time. One woman at a time. One day at a time.” is one of Sarah’s six mantras. This mantra reminds us that we focus on each resident of Sarah’s individually, and we learn and grow through our daily experiences. We take each day as it comes. Each woman at Sarah’s moves forward one step at a time to accomplish her goals.
“The journey of a thousand mils begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu
A reflection from a former resident of Sarah’s… an Oasis for Women:
“I grew up in a desert climate in southern Tunisia, in a small village torn apart by religious extremism, poverty and violence. I endured physical, emotional and sexual abuse even from m y own family… until one dawn, when I was 18 years old, I put on a backpack and ran away forever.
I entered the USA with a student visa after a year of hiding and hard work.
I was 20 years old, homeless and traumatized, with no access to mental healthcare, no education, no family, no future. I was too vulnerable, so I got re-victimized and my life was overshadowed with suicidal thoughts.
But there was one last thing to try. A place. And it took one call for them to show up, pick me up in their van and later offer me a home. This was my first day at Sarah’s.
Within the first month at Sarah’s, I enrolled at a community college, I got a job nearby, I got a pro-bono lawyer, and they assigned me a healthcare advocate – which meant access to medication and a therapist. Being part of Sarah’s also helped connect me with a social worker.
I moved on from Sarah’s after one year. Now, I have my own apartment, I am a professional interpreter, and I am graduating from college this spring.
Above all these accomplishments, I still wonder how many women will ever have the change to survive trauma and tell their story, like me today.
I am destined for great things for the single reason that I was taken in and cared for by Sarah’s. Without exaggeration, Sarah’s saved my life.
*name changed for privacy
- You are a good woman
- You can do it!
- You come to Sarah’s in order to leave
- Sarah’s will always be your home
- One lesson at a time. One woman at a time. One day at a time.
- May peacemaking prevail on Earth today!