Survivor Stories

It takes great courage and strength to ask for help. Hear from the incredible individuals and families we so proudly serve, and learn from their stories of survival.

Please note that many stories contain descriptions of physical, emotional, and sexual violence, which may be triggering to survivors and upsetting to read. Names and any identifying details have been changed to protect safety and confidentiality.


Martina’s story shows how a variety of Raphael House programs help survivors in all stages.

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Josefina has built community connections that last.

Josefina and her children moved out of our shelter and into an apartment of their own last summer, but they continue to come back each week and participate in all that our Advocacy Center offers. Even though that involves a two-hour bus ride each way, Josefina attends both our Latinas Unidas and trauma support groups, while her children take part in art and wellness activities.

Their outside support system has grown to include survivors they’ve connected with here. Each week, Josefina’s family shares dinner with two other past residents and when she recently had surgery, these families pitched in and took care of her four children.



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