I came to Alpha House a completely broken woman of 47 years old. I came for protection from my abuser but I walk away with so much more.

Through the care and gentle guidance of the amazing staff, I have slowly found the answers to the puzzle that is my life. In order for me to heal from my situation I needed to understand and heal the heartaches of my past as well as my present.

I am a stubborn woman who was too afraid to open my heart to anyone, let alone strangers. I have learned that we need to give each other the space to grow to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and recieve such beautiful things such as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing and inclusion.

I learnt all of this through the program at Alpha House due to the constant encouragement of the staff. I now have the courage a year later, at 48 years of age to go back to school so I can pay it forward as a role model for other hurting women. My heart is now filled with acceptance of the life that has been given to me. Love, forgiveness and self-discipline are my most important rules that govern my life today. Through that forgiveness towards myself and those that have harmed me, I have become free at last. 

Lastly, I do think about the woman I have become lately, about the life I am now living, free of fears and sadness. I am liberated at last to become who I am meant to be - which is victorious and not a victim. I can smile with such gratitude to all those that have helped me.

Thank you Alpha House and the many people who support it. To know that I am not alone has helped me enourmously, especially knowing I matter. I am so very grateful, not only believing in me but for giving me back my life with a purpose.

- Helen

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