I was living in Northern California with my fiancé and his family when he started doing drugs, going to parties, and started to treat me badly.
I was 3 months pregnant and hoping his behavior would change. I put up with it for about 4 more months. When I hit my 7 month mark of pregnancy, I couldn’t take it anymore. It was to the point where I got very depressed and felt sick to my stomach everyday.
I knew I needed to leave but did not have a place to go. I left California and went to Port Angeles, Washington where my mother lived in a very small trailer. I knew I couldn’t live there because it was not a safe place for me and my baby.
I left 3 days later for Portland, Oregon where I looked into resources and found Bethany House. It was just what I needed to help me out of my difficult situation. I found the best place I could be was Bethany House. The staff, volunteers, and everyone who stepped foot in that house helped me in ways I could never have helped myself. They were so friendly and nice. The house is big, clean and decorated to feel like home.
My son is now 2 months old and if it wasn’t for the people at Bethany House, I do not know where I would be today.
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P.S. - Sarah moved out when Curtis was one month old and was living with her sister which was not going so well. Sarah started looking for another place to live, but realized there was no place for her to go. She called in a panic one night and asked if she could come home to Bethany House. We were delighted to accept them back with open arms. Sarah is actively pursuing her GED and part time work. This situation reinforces our desire to provide aftercare housing for mothers and their new babies.