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Domestic Abuse Victims Find #Hope in Pasco

Posted on April 4, 2018

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Meet Jamie and Selena. They just passed their GED exams, but the journey wasn’t easy. Both (22 and 24) are single mothers of three and were victims of domestic violence. They struggled to find hope, until they found Metropolitan Ministries.

Here are their stories.


Selena was abused by her children’s father for 6 years. Fearing she would never get out, she fled Texas and moved to Florida in May with her dad and kids. A month later, she made it to our Pasco campus and knew her guardian angels had led her here.

She enrolled in our UpliftU® program and just took her GED test last month. Selena described that moment when she found out she passed.

“It was overwhelming, in a good way.”

Now she’s pursuing nursing so that she could help people. 

“It’s a way to give back,” she says. 

Her main goal is to give her kids a happy life, and now she has hope that it’s possible. Selena’s advice to other women in her situation is to keep pushing and never give up because “there is a light.”


Jamie’s story is a little different. She was unable to complete her GED the first time because she went into labor with her oldest son. Two kids later, Jamie was living in an abusive situation and soon after became homeless with her newborn, while her boys stayed with their grandpa. Just when she was feeling hopeless, Jamie found Metropolitan Ministries and enrolled in our GED Program.

When she completed her GED she described it as “a weight lifted off my shoulders,” and was proud to have finally accomplished what she thought was impossible.

Her goals now are to establish a good lifestyle and continue to pursue nursing.

Jamie’s advice to others is to “separate yourself from the negative energy” in your life, so you can find the Hope you need to be successful.

We are so proud of Selena and Jamie. Their stories prove that obstacles can be turned into opportunities when there is #Hope.

You can help women like them get on the road to self-sufficiency by supporting our UpliftU® and education programs.

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