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Mother of two rebuilds after escaping domestic violence

Editor’s note: Light One Candle is an annual series sponsored by the Mail Tribune that focuses on an individual, group or agency who could use a helping hand during the holiday season. Once that need is filled, donations may be distributed to others in need.

This mother of two chose homelessness over the chaos, violence and unpredictability that reigned in her former residence. As the Medford woman escapes domestic abuse and rebuilds her family’s life, she could use the reassurance of warm clothing, bedding, towels and toys that encourage her children to play outside.

The transition from Community Works’ Dunn House Shelter to self-sufficiency took this 25-year-old woman, her 7-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter less than three months. More importantly, say caseworkers, the family is supported and safe as so many victims of domestic violence nationwide are even more imperiled during the coronavirus pandemic.

This woman is grateful that the car she and her kids slept in — before calling Community Works — transports her to a new job. Gift cards for fuel would help to buoy her limited finances and reward her diligence to secure work and housing.

Twin-sized bedding, blankets and pillows would comfort this family, who also would appreciate bath towels and wash cloths. Warm socks and coats would help to ward off the season’s cold. Assistance with purchasing groceries would further lighten their load, although this Christmas is the first that this mother and children will experience without fear.

The kids’ spirits would soar at the gift of scooters with helmets or any other playthings that promote spending time outdoors. The family enjoys board games, puzzles and arts and crafts and would love any leisure activities that reinforce their newfound stability, peace and joy.

To help, call Community Works at 541-779-2393, ext. 228.