Jocelyn and her two young children arrived at Win’s East Harlem shelter after escaping from a domestic abuse situation. At the time, Jocelyn was seven months pregnant and was struggling to meet ends meet, working 60 hour-weeks.
Jocelyn, like many others, arrived at Win after being in and out of shelters for the past nine years.
Win was the first place Jocelyn had ever been that made her feel that made her feel comfortable and protected in a way that she had never felt before. Jocelyn received mental health support and took classes in financial literacy — supportive services that Win offers at all of our shelters. After giving birth to her third child, Jocelyn suffered from post-partum depression, and it was only through the help of Win’s staff that she was able to seek treatment. Her social worker held individual counseling sessions with her and signed her up for a Mommy and Me group which provided social support. While she worked on getting back on her feet, her two oldest children attended Win’s after school recreation program.
Once better, Jocelyn started working with Win’s income building specialists to find steady employment. She interviewed for a union job through a Win training partnership — which she got. During the work days, Jocelyn’s youngest is enrolled in Win’s on-site childcare. Today, Jocelyn looks forward to a brighter future, and is working with her Win housing specialist to find an apartment for her family.