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Survivor Spotlight: Joanna’s Story

Post Series: Survivor Spotlight

Johanna had been in an abusive relationship for several years with her longtime boyfriend until family gave her the push she needed to get out. She fled from her abuser and found refuge here in RI with relatives. Johanna had only been in the state for two weeks when she was referred to FVOAP by DHS for a work waiver. During this waiver time, Johanna managed to enter a shelter, and soon transitioned into the transitional housing program with SOJ. She’s been attending support groups and working to enroll her children and herself in school.

Johanna has also conducted her own job search and has been successfully hired into a position she hopes will help her get her dream job. She hopes once she gets her degree she can move into a career in computer technology. Johanna has stayed truly optimistic throughout the whole process and sees great things ahead for her and her daughter.

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