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Tuesday, 05 January 2021

Domestic Violence Victims with Infant Daughter Find Safe Place to Live

Written by Heather Mayes
Domestic violence is often thought of as a woman being abused by a man. However, it can happen to anyone, male or female, at any age.
 
Kyle and Emily fled from California to Flagstaff, Ariz. to escape domestic violence inflicted on them by their family members. They also brought their infant daughter with them to safety.
 
Making the move provided space between them and their violent family members. However, it also left Kyle, Emily and their daughter homeless and jobless.
 
Catholic Charities Homeless Services supported the young family through every step of their journey to achieving housing, independence and peace of mind.
 

Emergency Shelter

 
At first, Kyle, Emily and their daughter were provided with a seven-day hotel stay through an Emergency Support Grant. Catholic Charities then continued to pay for additional nights at the hotel until the young family was selected to move into its Emergency Family Shelter.
 
Staff at the shelter were able to assist Kyle in obtaining his birth certificate and other important documents in order to work. He began applying for jobs.
 
Emily and Kyle both worked to care for their infant daughter and find a place to live.
 

Rapid Re-Housing

 
Internet research uncovered an available apartment in Holbrook within Kyle and Emily’s budget. They further researched resources and potential job opportunities in the Holbrook area.
 
After 28 days in the Emergency Family Shelter, Kyle and Emily signed their own lease for the apartment. The couple and their daughter soon rode a Greyhound bus from Flagstaff to their new home in Holbrook.
 
They moved into their own apartment on December 12, 2020. This achievement was made possible through the couple’s due diligence and some financial support through the Catholic Charities Rapid Re-Housing program.
 
Kyle and Emily ordered basic furniture for their new home and are getting settled in. They are grateful for a safe place to raise their daughter.
 
 
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