Yvonne’s Story Part 2
“My parents didn’t want me when I was young. From age 10, I was placed with various relatives, and eventually in a series of foster homes. By the time I was 15, I had run away, but no one tried to find me. At 16, I gave birth to my first child, who is now 7. Her father did not see me through the pregnancy. I was alone in the hospital when I had her.
There were two other important men in my life. The father of my second child, now age 4, worked and helped support us. He was a good guy, except when he drank. Then he would sometimes get violent, and very jealous. Sometimes, he hit me. Often he yelled at me and called me names. I finally couldn’t take it anymore and managed to get to the domestic violence shelter. They helped me get my current apartment, which is Section 8 housing. I only have to pay $8 a month for rent. Then I became pregnant with my third child. Her father does give me some money from time to time, and he visits her.
I did finish high school and worked as a nurse’s aide, but I lost my job because I began having severe seizures. I saw a doctor, and he prescribed medication, which helped. About 6 months ago, I ran out of the medication. I have no car and no money to take a cab to the doctor. I don’t have anyone I can ask. Since I’ve been off the medication, I am having seizures several times a day. They really wipe me out, and so I sleep a lot. I love my kids and I know I’m not taking care of them the way I should, but I don’t know how to get the help I need.”
1. What would be the 2 next steps that you would take to help Yvonne, or that you would help Yvonne to take herself?
2. What are 2 community resources that you would involve to support Yvonne and her family?