• Didn’t Know Where Else To Turn

    "I was really scared and didn’t know where else to turn when we first came to Prude

    “I was really scared and didn’t know where else to turn when we first came to Prudence Crandall Center. I knew that I had it in me to make a better life for me and my kids, I just needed some help. I was working and was able to save my money while we were living in the shelter. They worked with me and my kids and gave us the help and support we needed to start over. They helped me find an apartment I could afford and some furniture to get started. Feeling safe in our new home is an amazing thing!”
  • Hardest Time in My Life

    “I think the hardest time in my life was when I was 12 years old.  My Mom was trying to

    “I think the hardest time in my life was when I was 12 years old.  My Mom was trying to get away from her boyfriend because he hurt her and he was mean to us kids.  Every time we left, he would find us.  We would have to leave in the middle of the night.  I had to change schools a lot and that made it hard.  I remember the day we moved into Prudence Crandall Center.  I felt safe. I had my own room. I could feel the change in my Mom.  She felt safe too.  That was a few years ago and I have learned a lot from being here.  Mostly I learned that no matter what I go through, I won’t let anyone or anything knock me down. I am worthy of love and respect.”
  • Help Is Needed…

    “I didn’t consider myself an abused woman, it all happened so gradually and I desperat

    “I didn’t consider myself an abused woman, it all happened so gradually and I desperately wanted to keep my marriage together.  After a friend told me about the Prudence Crandall Center Support Group, I started going. The compassion and understanding I received from the counselors made all the difference.  I learned I was not alone and that it was not my fault.  I rediscovered what it means to be happy and have joy in my life.  For so long, Prudence Crandall Center was the only place I felt at peace – now I take that feeling with me wherever I go.”
  • I didn’t know where to go

    "When my husband kicked me out of the house with our two children, I didn’t know wh

    “When my husband kicked me out of the house with our two children, I didn’t know where to go.  I called the Prudence Crandall Center hotline feeling really alone and worried that we would be homeless.  They picked us up and brought us to the shelter.  I was so nervous and my kids were pretty traumatized.  But the staff surrounded all of us with the reassurance we needed to feel safe and work through it all.  From that first day I knew we were going to be okay – that I had more options than just living with the abuse or being homeless.  I knew that we now had people in our lives who were going to be our safety net and help us find our way to a better life.”
  • I felt like I was living on a tight rope

    “My wife and I were married for 12 years. In the beginning, there were good times, but a

    “My wife and I were married for 12 years. In the beginning, there were good times, but as she began to drink more, she became emotionally abusive.  I felt like I was living on a tight rope.  I never knew what to expect when I got home each day.  I worried that she would make good on the threats she made to use the kitchen knife to kill me in my sleep or use it to cut her wrists.  It was a terrible way to live. You know, most people have trouble believing this can happen to a man like me.  I never thought I would be in this situation, but I don’t know what I would have done without the acceptance, support, and help I found at Prudence Crandall Center.”
  • I got the support I needed

    “The day I found myself in a courtroom after my husband’s arrest was so surreal. It fe

    “The day I found myself in a courtroom after my husband’s arrest was so surreal. It felt like a movie or TV show. I had spent months living in fear, being told that I was worthless, that I was a bad wife, mother, cook – you name it. After you hear these things over and over, you begin to believe they are true. But then, I reached out to Prudence Crandall Center and got the support I needed. They were with me in court, explaining what was happening and what my rights are. I began to replace his negative words with their words of encouragement and finally started to feel whole again.”
  • I Knew I had to Leave

    “I spent almost nine years being abused by my husband.  After he pushed me down the sta

    “I spent almost nine years being abused by my husband.  After he pushed me down the stairs when I was pregnant, I knew I had to leave. Although I moved several times he continued to threaten me.  That was when I was helped by Prudence Crandall Center’s court advocates and moved into the emergency shelter.  The staff helped me imagine a better life and take the steps to get there.  I am going to college now and budgeting my money so I can make ends meet.  The future looks brighter than I ever could have imagined!”
  • Relief Program

    "I called the hotline late one night after my boyfriend went out.  I had been thinki

    “I called the hotline late one night after my boyfriend went out.  I had been thinking about it for a long time, but never had the courage to call.  I didn’t have a black eye or broken arm…I convinced myself that what I was dealing with wasn’t so bad.  As soon as I heard the caring voice of the Prudence Crandall Center staff person who answered the phone I could tell she knew what I was going through.  We talked about my boyfriend’s emotional abuse and threats, and how I felt like I had no way out.  And then she told me that I wasn’t alone, that she was there to listen and connect me to the help I needed. That night I found the inner strength I had lost long ago and I knew I was going to be okay.”
  • Those Amazing People

    "One night when my husband went after me with a gun and then threatened to hurt the c

    “One night when my husband went after me with a gun and then threatened to hurt the children, I knew we had to leave and I called the police.  I didn’t know what to expect from the courts – but the Prudence Crandall Center Court Advocate understood what I was going through.  She spoke up for me in court when I was too scared to speak up on my own.  With her help, we are safe in our new home and my kids are doing better than ever.  I don’t know what would have happened to us without Prudence Crandall Center.  Sometimes I wonder if we would have made it out at all.”
  • We Are Safe and Happy

    “I had come to believe what my husband always told me, that I wasn’t smart enough to g

    “I had come to believe what my husband always told me, that I wasn’t smart enough to go college.  After being put down for so long, I really felt I couldn’t make it on my own.  But my daughter and I are living in Prudence Crandall Center’s supportive housing program now – and we are safe and happy.  I am determined to believe in myself again and to be a positive role model for my daughter.  I started classes at a community college this past fall and my grades are good!  I’m on my way!”