It is terribly difficult to have no home. It is more so to be a woman and have no home. The lack of safety, companionship, and privacy is destructive to the whole person.
We insure the safety aspect of our community by having high expectations (and results) that each person will respect herself in all her behaviors and interactions. Even those with conflicts outside of Rose Haven are compatible within our agency. By request of the women in the survey and comments since, we maintain a “women and children only” focus which means the women can access services without encountering those who have abused them.
Within our community our guests have the opportunity to make friends and move out of the isolation and loneliness that encircles those who have no home or live in tiny one room apartments.
Because of our caring and nonjudgmental environment the women begin to regain their dignity, improve self perception and become aware that options that they may have been abused into believing were only for others are also available to them. This is when and where change begins. It is a privilege to be part of this amazing community and healing process.