Stories: “There are angels in this building” – clinically depressed after 14 years of abuse, Rosalind finds a better life

This story comes courtesy of Elizabeth Duncan, director of development with The Salvation Army. Names and images are changed to protect privacy.

When Rosalind entered the Single Women’s Lodge (the Zone) at The Salvation Army, she was mentally and emotionally exhausted. She turned to the United Way network partner agency after a 14-year relationship filled with physical and emotional abuse, suffering from severe depression and recovering from a nervous breakdown.

“I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would end up homeless and in a shelter program,” Rosalind says. “I was so tired and depressed. I didn’t know where else to go.”

Rosalind stayed at the shelter for four months until she became stabilized on her medication. Her case manager helped her get into a Behavioral Health Initiative, which led to Rosalind moving into a new apartment with rent and utilities covered by the program.

Your Support Impacts Lives“I am so grateful,” said Rosalind. “They helped me get back on my feet. My son and I were a part of the Angel Tree (a Christmas giving) program and I was overwhelmed with how caring complete strangers were. Thanks to them, I received all new pots and pans and beautiful bed linens.”

While she was in the shelter’s care program, Rosalind learned a lot about confronting her depression. She became friends with other women in the group and the program director became Rosalind’s mentor. After moving into her apartment, Rosalind cooked for the shelter staff to show her gratitude.

More than one year after her departure from the shelter, Rosalind still lives in her apartment. It’s a long way from “bed 13” in the shelter, but she does not forget her time at the agency. She volunteers on a regular basis and assists in the shelter’s maintenance department.

“This is my safe haven,” Rosalind added. “There are angels in this building. Whenever I feel I need help to get through the day, I come here. I know they will help me no matter what time it is.”

Although Rosalind still battles occasional symptoms of depression caused by years of abuse, whenever she feels the darkness clouding her mind, she thinks about the friends she has made and all the positive influences in her life. Thanks to your generous gifts to United Way, a network of nonprofit agencies is able to help people find hope after abuse and depression. Thank you for your support!

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