Julia, The Survivor
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For many years Julia was living in Tucson, Arizona. After the death of her step-son she moved back to California where she is originally from with the idea her family would act a support system once she returned. Unfortunately, Julia was let down and had to cope on her own, something she had become accustomed to. She had nowhere to live and after losing her car, had nowhere to sleep at night either. She couch surfed and lived out of motels until eventually she moved into a domestic violence shelter.
Julia first learned of Women’s Empowerment while living at WEAVE and was able to receive the support and resources she needed to move into transitional housing.
“I came to women’s Empowerment because I was done cheating myself.”
She followed through and became a graduate of Session 56 in 2014.
“I’m taking back control of my life,” she explained.
Julia is a survivor. Julia is a survivor of domestic violence, the prison system and cancer. She is the type of individual who sees the obstacles in her life as just that, obstacles. They too may be overcome, and if anyone is capable of this it’s Julia.
Since 2015, Julia has been living in her own apartment and has an internship where she is responsible for the care of a transitional housing facility. While the position may not be paid, Julia is able to use her skills in a useful way to help others.
“I know my own strength now and I’ll never give up.”
Julia is a strong, determined woman with a devout love of God and all beings. She plans to spend the rest of her life serving others and doing missionary work.