Several years ago, Tara, along with her four kids at the time, came to A Better Way, a partner agency supported by United Way and transformative donors like you. They came in the spring with nothing more than a diaper bag, her purse, and the clothes on their backs. Tara’s children were all ages 6 and under. Because of your support, A Better Way provided Tara’s family with resources and help through meetings, counseling, and more.

Over the past several years, a lot has changed for Tara. She is now divorced from her abuser, remarried, has 5 amazing children, and has moved past most of the effects of her almost 13 years of abuse. Tara wants to share the following message for those who may be in a similar situation that she was once in: “I want to tell you that one day you will completely heal…but that is a lie. A part of you will always bear the scars of your past. What I can say is that it does get better. I know it is very hard right now, but, with God and time, you will heal. The thing I found helped me was to tell myself over and over that I didn’t need a man to feel happy. I know each of you has a past…everyone does. Don’t be defined by it, though. Pave a way to a better future. Surround yourselves with people who build you up, not tear you down. As a survivor of domestic abuse, I know the struggle. I pray every day for the violence to end.”

Many abuse survivors are searching for a way out. Will you make an impact and provide them with the resources they need to escape their terrible situation?