Gathering the resolve to break free from an abusive relationship is often the first step in a very long road to recovery.
But for a young mother from Dorchester, the choice to get herself and her newborn daughter to safety two years ago has been worth every ounce of effort, she said in a letter to Globe Santa.
“I began to think about my goals,” she wrote. “My daughter deserved better.”
After spending months sleeping alongside the little girl on a couch at her mother’s house, she and her daughter were placed in a state shelter in Peabody and onto a waiting list for affordable housing. She returned to school and has done well in pursuit of a college degree, she wrote, but the time they stayed at the shelter was often overwhelming.
“In the shelter, I had difficult times. I would wake up at 5 in the morning with my daughter to go to school, and we would take a 3-hour commute,” she wrote. “There were moments I wanted to give up. My daughter was constantly sick. I thought it was too much for her.”
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