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Survivor Testimonials

Many survivors who participate in Desert Rose programming access services across the long termWe love to share success stories that highlight the hard work of our small but dedicated teamTake some time to read about how our services have impacted the lives of our clientsAll names have been changed to protect the privacy of our clients. 

Sunny's Story

I struggled and fought hard, stayed in an abusive relationship longer and longer trying to avoid having to go to a “shelter.” I didn’t have any family or friends. I was completely alone with my children stuck in this abuse. I felt defeated and hopeless. I felt embarrassed mostly though. I was a strong woman, independent, beautiful, outgoing, smart… how was this happening!?

I didn’t want to go. I didn’t want to be another statistic. One thing I’ll always have is drive. That drive to not be less than my full potential, to not accept less than I deserved or wanted, drive to make sure my kids are safe and happy, for them to know only love and openness. That’s what made me finally realize it’s just what I had to do. Desert Rose gave me a new foundation.

It’s hard work going through the program. It’s hard work having patience, it’s hard work cohabitating, having schedules, rules and processes. It took me 5 months. Forever, it felt like at the time! But I did the work! I had the follow-through! I made the effort and sacrifice!  I finally was able to get my own place through Desert Rose. I felt proud again. I felt hope and a new confidence. Peace. 

I got to work with amazing staff whom I’ll love forever. Desert Rose will always hold a spot in my heart. I’ve been out of the program for going on 5 years now. I still talk with the staff. They have still helped me in times of hardship. Even making sure my son was cared for when I was dying in the hospital (thankfully made a full recovery). 

This is not just a shelter or organization. It is comprised of the most wonderful and caring and invested people I have ever experienced. I don’t think I could be where I’m at in my life right now had it not been for the people that make up Desert Rose. Forever grateful and always love for you guys! Thank you for loving my babies almost as much as I do! Thank you for existing! Thank you for all that you do for all of the people you help! 

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