Personal Stories – Sally

Sally 26

Sally is a 26 year old single mom of 2 children, both girls ages 6 and 8.

Sally is a 26 year old single mom of 2 children, both girls ages 6 and 8. She lives in a high crime neighborhood in New Haven but takes pride in the fact that she was able to move her family out of the housing projects; she is taking steps now to move to a safer neighborhood in the next year. Sally fears for her children and wants desperately for them to have a better life than she has had. Sally has faced tremendous obstacles in her life, including sexual, physical and emotional abuse and the loss of two of her siblings. She takes care of her elderly mother and usually finds herself financially supporting both parents. She is the youngest child in her family but is often the one people go to when they need something. Sally still finds the time to devote to her children’s education; both of her children are in the “talented and gifted” programs at their schools. After years of working low paying jobs she now works full time for a major employer in the New Haven area where she has steady hours and makes good pay. She hopes that this job and the support and guidance she is getting from Family CT will mean a new start for her family. She has many hopes and dreams that she wants to fulfill for the sake of herself and her children.