I was a client at Sylvia’s Haven from April 6th 2003 to May 7th 2004.
I never expected to be treated so well. Everyone went out of their way to treat me and my 2 children Jane and Charles ages 2 and 4. I was given a donated car that helped to give us a way to shop and go to medical appointments.
I am very pleased at how attentive the staff was to our needs and how kind everyone was, all the way until the day I moved.
I’m leaving the Haven to join my husband who serves in the Unites States Army, after out separation of one year. We’ve worked on our marriage to make it productive rather than destructive and I truly believe I couldn’t have done it without the Haven.
Thank you all, and good luck. You are all loved by my boys and me.
Rose, John, and Charles
Where would I be…
I don’t know where to begin to thank you and show you my sincere appreciation for all that you have done for me and my daughters. When i had no family to turn to, you were the first person I looked for and you did not hesitate to help us. We love you very much and consider you a part of our family. Thank you for opening doors of Sylvia’s Haven when we had no other place to go. Now, I have finally gotten back on my feet and moved into a beautiful apartment. May God continue to bless you so that you can help improve and bless the lives of many mothers and children in need.
The Greatest Gift — A Second Chance
Hello my name is Lori and I would like to explain how I ended up at Sylvia’s Haven.
When I was thirteen, I met my children’s father. We had a very rocky relationship, but we stayed together. When I was 19, I got pregnant with my daughter and that is when he started to hit me. Things progressed for the next two years to where he verbally, emotionally and physically abused me often.
I broke up with him when our son was 4 months old, I was 21. He wouldn’t move out of the house and I had nowhere to go, so we were still living together. One night he came home drunk and beat me, choked me and stabbed me in the leg, all in front of my son.
I managed to get away and called the police and he was arrested. Since then, which was June of last year, I have moved from place to place with my two children, with no where to really call home.
I went to the Leominster Housing Authority looking to apply for housing and they told me about Sylvia’s Haven. I called and was told to meet with Sylvia and she gave me the greatest gift I could have asked for, a chance to have a stable home for my children and an opportunity to rebuild my life and go down the right path in life.
I was so happy when I went back to where I was staying then, that I cried. Thank God for people like Sylvia who have given people like me, who have nowhere to turn and feel completely helpless, a second chance!
The Angel of My Life
Hello Syl! Remember me?
Salvatrice, (This is the name Sylvia was given at birth)
You were the angel of my life in 1989, when I needed you most. It is one of the deepest regrets I carry with me that I left Lynn/Marblehead to go back to New York, but I was scared and lost and clinging, once again, to a man I thought would save me. On the other hand, I have three gorgeous kids now, so who am I to regret anything that God has turned into a blessing for me. I’m still working on all those things that challenge me and will never give up or give in.
Across all the time and space that separates us, still I am with you, praying for you and believe that I remain in your prayers all these long years later. I am living in Connecticut now, rebuilding my life from the ashes yet again and would love to hear from you someday.
Be well, Sylvia, and live as long as Methuselah, for there are many more like me who need your unconditional love and your limitless devotion.
No Place To Go
I am writing to say thank you for everything that Sylvia’s Haven has done for me. The Haven gave me a place to live when I had no place to go.
I came to Sylvia’s Haven from my dorm room at Fitchburg State College, and had no place to go eight months pregnant, scared and confused. I couldn’t live at school with my son because they didn’t have family apartments.
My mother died when I was 19 so I couldn’t go live with my parents, because I didn’t have any. While here, I have returned back to college at Atlantic Union College. My first semester there I received four A’s and an A-. I also got accepted into their nursing program. I will graduate with my associated in nursing (RN), in May of 2006 and my bachelors of a double major of nursing and psychology, in May of 2008.
With the encouragement of Karen, I received a $1,250 scholarship, from the Greater Worcester Community Foundation. This scholarship is renewable for the four years that I will be attending AUC.
I am writing this letter as I am packing to move into my own one-bedroom townhouse at school. I will miss many of the people that I have become friends with. I don’t know where my son and I would have been if it wasn’t for Sylvia’s Haven.
Thank you for everything.
Hello, my name is Autumn and I have a 2 1/2 year old son Jeremiah.
We became homeless in October 2003. We bounced from a family member’s house to a shelter, to hotels and even more shelters.
When my time was almost up at the last shelter, my advocate at Rosie’s Place in Boston, Anita Fairchild, found an application for Sylvia’s Haven and called on my behalf. Next thing I knew, I had an interview and Mrs. Anthony welcomed my son and I into her shelter with open arms.
I am very thankful for Mrs. Anthony and I thank God every day for letting us stay here when my son and I were at the end of our ropes.
Autumn and Jeremiah