Niki* has been on her own since she was 16 years old with no family support. Now a mother of four, she has struggled through an abusive relationship, fearing her children would grow up thinking their lifestyle was the norm. This desperate mother would do anything so her children wouldn’t repeat the cycle of abuse in their own adult lives.
When their father went to prison, Niki saw a chance to give them a better future- hope for a new life. But when she lost her job, she had nowhere to go and they were soon homeless on Raleigh’s streets.
When she called Raleigh Rescue Mission, Niki expected to have to wait several weeks for an opening. She dreaded the nightmare of scrounging for food and finding safe places to sleep. Thankfully, that didn’t happen.
Surprised at how nice the people were-from staff members to volunteers-Niki thanked God for helping her get her children off the dangerous streets. "They just invited me in with open arms. They didn't turn me and my children away," said Niki.
But there was so much more to come than a safe place to sleep and friendly, helpful people. Life skills classes helped build character and gave her tools to be a better mom and provider. Staff and volunteers helped build her relationship with God by showing their hearts as they cared for Niki and her children.
Niki is now working full time and on the road to independent living with her children. She is grateful for her new life and the hope for her children’s’ bright future.
*Name changed to protect privacy.