After she registered in a community college for an associate nursing degree, her school counselor noticed that Laura was sleeping in her car sometimes. She inquired from Laura to know what was going on. Laura shared with her some of the abuse she had been experiencing and why she had left her husband with her children. The school counselor referred Laura and her family to the Fairfax County Department of Family Services, where the Family Liaison connected her with our transitional housing program.
With safe housing and the enabling environment of supportive service provided by UCM, Laura and her family were able to begin to heal and piece their lives back together. Luckily for her, the children did not have to change their schools when they moved to the UCM-provided apartment. She continued in her nursing degree program at a community college. She started babysitting to supplement the temporary child and spousal support income she received from her husband, pending the final outcome of her divorce. Laura's UCM case manager provided as much support as Laura and her children needed.
In May 2015, Laura completed and obtained her associate degree in nursing and passed her board examination. With her final divorce decree and increased child and spousal support, in August 2015 Laura and her family moved out of the supportive housing program into a 3-bedroom market rate housing, after about 7 months in the program. Laura has since started a new job as a nurse at one of the major area hospitals. Her plan is to return to school to study for her Bachelors degree in Nursing, so she can better provide for her children.