Like a lot of parents today, Sasha* was facing many obstacles including a misbehaved child who would not listen and talked back all while living in transitional housing with an ex-boyfriend. Her son had been diagnosed with multiple behavioral disorders. While Sasha had been and would continue to rely on her ex-boyfriend, she also felt that he was over-powering her decisions as a parent. Unfortunately, she had little to no support from her family. Sasha’s past challenges included severe sexual, physical, and traumatic events.
When Project HELP first started working with Sasha and her son, James*, she was preparing for a surgery which would leave her unable to completely care for herself and her son. Our first goal was to find care for her during this period of time. She had to rely heavily on her ex-boyfriend who was going through a battle of cancer on his own.
During the year-long support with Project HELP, Sasha was able to get through her period of time needing personal care due to her surgery, identify her low self-esteem and how it impacted her relationships, and create more of a relationship with James. She maneuvered through an Internet relationship with an out-of-state companion, but realized it was unhealthy for both her and her son.
Sasha is now employed, giving back to her community by volunteering, and continues to strengthen her relationship with her son. Her ex-boyfriend has moved out of the home they shared and she has created boundaries in pursing relationships with men. She is linked to ongoing support through school, church and counseling, all with the help of her community. James is also engaged in counseling for his behavioral disorders. Sasha is empowered to use the tools and strategies she learned to continue to nurture her relationships. Sasha and James have both grown due to their support from Project HELP.
* Sasha and James are not the real names of the mother and child described in this mission moment.