Of the nearly 9,000 people HIRED serves each year, Sharon has an incredible story of triumph after years of abuse and self-doubt. Growing up in an abusive home, she was scared every day of her life. As a young woman, she found herself in another abusive relationship. Sharon remembers, “The violence was normal for me, because that’s all I had ever known.” One day, she realized that her life was never going to change, and she had a choice—run away or die.
With two children in tow, she came to HIRED with almost no work experience, no high school diploma, no home, and literally running for her life. Sharon wanted something better for her children, and was determined build a new life. Her counselor, Braden, quickly took action and made several phone calls to ensure that Sharon and her children had a place to stay.