Ms. Wendy

Her five children, ages 8 to 17, have lived through their mother’s hell.  Yet when they kiss her goodnight, they see a survivor.  A victim of numerous rapes and unremitting domestic violence who turned to drugs for solace – Wendy has made the changes in her life to ensure her children a healthier future. 

Wendy moved to New Orleans to work in the Katrina recovery efforts.  She lost her job and ability to pay for housing as the clean-up efforts slowed down.  In the fall of 2009, Wendy moved her family into an abandoned hotel for three months until UNITY Welcome Home workers learned of her situation.

UNITY worker Laniker Hunter worked closely with Wendy to secure a safe and healthy home for her and her children.  The children are happily attending school and Wendy, now clean and sober, is attempting to start her own cleaning business. 

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