Michelle is a mom of three -- two boys and one girl. She left Texas and moved to Oklahoma City to escape an abusive relationship.
"I had to get out of there," Michelle said with tears streaming down her face.
I let her know she was doing the best thing for her children. She is a strong and brave young woman, and you could see the determination in her eyes. She was ready to move on and start a new life with her three little ones.
We talked for quite a bit -- I think she just needed someone. She told me about when she lived in Puerto Rico -- the drugs and violence were so bad Michelle and her family had to move Chicago, then to Texas. Now she is hoping to start a new life in Oklahoma City.
"My children are my life," Michelle said. "When I get sad or down, they always try to make me laugh by dancing or putting on plays –they don’t want to see me upset.”
This brave mom has moved far from family and friends, and basically only has her children. Nonetheless, her kids keep her strong and give her hope. She was so grateful for the diapers, food and formula we could supply her with.
"You guys are awesome," she said with a smile.
Knowing her children would be fed and sent to bed with a dry diaper was one less thing she had to worry about this week. Having these basic necessities will allow her to buy gas for her car or pay the rent.
Michelle was an outstanding woman and I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to meet her. As she inspired me, it's important to note that her children are her inspiration every single day.
Meeting with families one-on-one is a constant reminder of just how effective Infant Crisis Services is in the lives of those we serve. We are fulfilling our mission every day, and I'm so grateful to be part of it.
Thu, May 5, 2011
by Meg Sterkel