There were times I was afraid we weren't going to make it. We did though. - Rebecca Bauer
Originally from Minnesota and North Dakota, Rebecca's accent is far from the only charming thing about her. When she shared her story at the Seattle Luncheon she gave us all the feels, from laughter to tears to awe. Rebecca fled in the middle of the night from her abusive, drug-addicted husband to save her own life as well as her children's and never looked back.
Being a single mother is extremely challenging. When my son fell ill, I left my job as a nursing assistant so I could take care of him.
With both her children being over 18 years of age, Rebecca decided to live one of her dreams and move to Seattle. She had never been here, she knew no one here, and though she lacked money she had her goals and motivation. Rebecca went to the KentHOPE Day Shelter and found stable housing. KentHOPE connected Rebecca with YWCA, where she was able to begin her journey of becoming a nurse's aide again.
YWCA has made a huge difference in my life and I have more confidence that I can achieve my dreams. I want other women to know thay they can make it, even when it seems impossible.
Rebecca enrolled in YWCA's Hope and Power workshop which provides financial coaching for women who want financial independence. Rebecca feels that she was able to connect with the other women at Hope and Power because they are all survivors of domestic abuse. With the help of YWCA, Rebecca secured fulltime employment at the VA Hospital and plans to become a registered nurse.
I want to remind other women that they are not alone. There is a support system available at YWCA. There, you're reminded of your worth and that you can reach your goals.
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Salma Siddick is the Social Media & Content Manager at YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish. An immigrant from Zimbabwe, Salma has lived, worked, and attended school on three continents.
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