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Mary sat in my office with tears streaming down her face. “I always knew something was wrong, but I never thought it would come to this.” Her life had been filled with travel, exotic destinations and all the things that money could buy, but there had also been problems all along. When her husband first started raging at her and making threats, she told herself that maybe it was her fault. Maybe if she tried harder, she could be a better wife and he would be content. But, no matter what she tried, it only got worse.
Her husband started using drugs and the family situation quickly deteriorated. “My child and I were ignored completely. He was either at work or home in a drug-induced stupor. I was afraid to make noise in the house and never knew what would happen next.” Her husband often flew into wild rages and would hold her down by her hair and beat her. He did this once while in the car, and another driver called the police to report the assault. The husband was arrested but soon released. He tried to stop the drugs, but going through withdrawal made him even angrier and more abusive. Mary fled the home in fear for her life.
Because Mary was living in a shelter, the husband was able to gain temporary custody of their daughter. “I have lost everything, and yet I am not the one who has done the wrong,” Mary wept. “But Bethany House has been there for me through everything. You have helped me with my legal issues and prayed for me along the way. I have seen God do miracles!”
Mary will be moving into her transitional housing on Friday. Bethany House provided the support, counsel and prayers to get Mary through a very difficult time in her life. Once in her apartment, Mary will be able to file for custody of her child. She is on the way to putting the pieces of her life back together. “Thank you, Bethany House – you were there when I needed you.”
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