At Even Stevens, we partner with all kind of organizations from domestic violence to addiction recovery, elderly and hospice care to afterschool programs. We can talk about them a million times over, but it will never truly tell you what they do for our communities.
Hearing first hand the stories of the people who have been directly impacted by the work of our nonprofit partners has had a tremendous impact on us, and we wanted to pass it along. These stories are why we do what we do; these stories fuel us to continue to eat to give.
In this post, we share a story from Even Steven's non-profit partner Mosaic Family Services in Richardson, Texas.
Deborah is from Kenya, a mother of 3 little children. After years of constant physical and psychological abuse by her husband, she became depressed and ultimately lost her self-esteem. Coming from a male-dominant culture and the fact she depended on her husband financially due to her immigration status and a new-born baby, she could not consider leaving him or know if there were other options for her.
Deborah and her children were brought to the shelter by CPS, then investigating a sexual molestation case of her daughter. First time I met Deborah, she was utterly helpless and not motivated. She said, "no one believes me, I have no evidence or a police report, and everyone in my community turned their back against me because my husband is a revered, well-known man in Kenyan community in Dallas."
After learning about the victim's right with the support of Mosaic staff, Deborah took courage to go to the police to make a report and further applied for a protective order. Despite the odd-the lack of physical evidence and delayed report date, Deborah was granted a permanent protective order by the Dallas country court, thanks to the collaborative effort between Mosaic staff and a district attorney.
She felt she got control back in her life for the first time after long abusive marriage. She also received legal services with the VAWA visa application and referral to family law representation for divorce. Mosaic also assisted Deborah with a housing.
Deborah is now waiting to move into Birchwood APT, VAWA approval and divorce finalization. Today, she is an independent woman and devoted mother, hopeful about their future in the US. Recently she said, "no other agencies wanted to help me because of my immigration status, but Mosaic helped me so that my children and I could have a better life and make a home here, thank you."