It was the middle of the night when I answered the door to police investigators. “Your husband is in custody, Mrs. Robles. We need to ask you a few questions.” And just like that, my family fell apart. I was suddenly a pregnant, single mom with three young children.
We were heartbroken, alone and scared.
I tried to find work, but I couldn’t take a job with long or odd hours; my children needed me. I finally had to apply for state assistance. I was allotted $762 per month, but still couldn’t make ends meet. Our heat was shut off and we had to stay with friends. Explaining to my children that we couldn’t go home was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. I was battling hopelessness and depression. I felt like a failure.
From the first moment I stepped through the doors at Courage360, I was welcomed, respected and encouraged. They didn’t just expect me to learn and change, they took the time to teach and show me the way. I initially worked as an intern at Courage360. When a permanent position opened up, I was encouraged to apply. Two weeks and two interviews later, I was hired! Being able to help those still in need makes me feel so grateful and humbled.
As a parent, you want to give your children everything. Now I can. This year, we went to the Puyallup Fair for the first time. We went back to school shopping! And I was finally able to pay off my bills.
Courage360 helped lift me out of my lowest point. They helped me become the best mother – and the best person – I can be.