Sharing Words of Gratitude

In this edition of the newsletter, we are sharing a special letter we received from a guest in our shelter.
“Dear Abby’s,
I am a 32 year old woman with struggles of my own and have felt lost and out of place pretty much my whole life until I was introduced to Abby’s House by a woman at Catholic Charities.

At first I was petrified; me? in a shelter? It’s probably a cot I’m going to be sleeping on and its going to be dirty. Everyone is going to be mean and not understand me. Well, was I wrong. The women in the shelter are all very informative and they all have special individual qualities that I accept and love. The staff here at Abby’s House is the most helpful group of women and have such caring hearts and souls. All they want to do is help any woman who is in need of their help. I am one of those women.

I can’t express how much gratitude I have for each and every staff member and the women at the shelter. My life before here was a terrible mess and I was in horrible turmoil. I had absolutely nothing to show for my 32 years on this earth. These women make me feel worth something and worth living and fighting for my rights as an independent woman who deserves nothing more than the best out of life. Now, my attitude has totally changed. I am very positive and feel very much accomplished which I have never felt before. This program has completely changed my life for the best.

So, in closing, I would just like to say thank you to all the staff here at Abby’s House, especially Annette for opening this organization many years ago to help struggling women in their journey to right themselves and be better, happier people.”

After a few weeks in the shelter, Sharon received her hair dressing license and found a job at a salon. Sharon will be receiving a grant from the Annette Rafferty Survive to Thrive Fund to assist with the first, last and security deposit required to rent her first apartment.