CLIENT PROFILE - SALIHA, 37 YEAR OLD FEMALE, BORN AND RAISED IN BANGLADESH
Born and raised in a small town in Bangladesh, Saliha never imagined that one day she would be raising three children in one of the biggest cities in the United States. One day at a doctor’s visit Saliha discovered that her eldest child had a severe developmental disability. She decided to quit her job and stay at home fulltime to care for her children. Over the course of the next few years, her life changed drastically as her once loving husband began a losing battle with drugs and alcohol. She came to Daya, having suffered both physical and emotional abuse while she and her three children were living on disability benefits and facing imminent homelessness. Saliha was an uneducated woman who spoke limited English and didn’t understand how to access social services. She was unable to find a job, and even if she could, the lack of childcare made it impossible. Additionally, she was a victim of domestic violence and was isolated and alone. That is until coming to Daya.
Collaborating with our partners in the social services community, Daya helped Saliha obtain permanent supportive housing. She attended ESL classes, learned how to drive and received childcare assistance. With the help of Daya’s counseling services, she was able to process her trauma and develop the necessary skills to build a healthier life for herself and her children.
38% of all domestic violence victims become homeless at some point in their lives.*