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.

Read  Martina’s Story

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Wanda was fleeing a dangerous abuser who searched for her far and wide.

Wanda and her children entered our shelter to escape her ex-husband who had searched for them in multiple states. Their family was fearful of leaving to run errands or for appointments, but thankfully we had just upgraded our surveillance system, so she was able check our security cameras before exiting the building. Wanda let us know that our confidential location and these safety features felt like a matter of life and death to her.


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