Meet Sonia, a mother of four young children. After years of physical and emotional abuse, Sonia left her husband. When she arrived at YW Sheriff King Home seeking shelter, she looked exhausted and distraught.
That night, the only room we had available was small with only two beds. As we helped Sonia and her children get settled, her youngest son started coughing and was running a fever. He would need to be tested the next morning. Until the results came back, the family would have to isolate in their small room.
It was heart breaking. And for Sonia, the confinement in that small space was triggering. “It brought up terrible memories of my husband locking me in our bedroom and refusing to let me out,” she shared with her YW counsellor Juliette as they spoke over the phone.