Khadijah and her son

Photograph by Maggie Lynn


A New Beginning: Khadijah’s Story

Trapped in a cycle of violence, it can be difficult to see a way to a brighter future. As a single mother with no family support, the road can be rocky enough to make you feel trapped. But Khadijah was willing to do whatever she needed to do to build a better life for her son. Thanks to your generosity, Khadijah found hope and a brighter future here at Union Mission.

Abandoned by her abusive mother at a young age, Khadijah’s childhood was violent and unstable. She was later diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and hospitalized twice for bouts of depression so intense she attempted suicide.

When her son, Marquise, was born, she knew he deserved more than a life of violence. She left the gang-filled Chicago neighborhood of her youth in hopes of saving her son’s life.

“I can’t have him grow up here,” she remembers thinking. “He’s not going to make it.”

A family friend invited her to Savannah with the promise of help for a better life. But her safe haven was only temporary and soon, Khadijah was on the street with her 3 year old son, leaving behind what they could not carry on their backs.

She walked from Middleground Road to Bull Street looking for shelter but was forced to spend the night on the streets. The next morning, she used a library computer to find somewhere she and her son could get the help they so desperately needed. She found Union Mission’s website and was inspired by the stories of success she saw there.

“I saw the story of a mother and her sons who had been successful,” Khadijah said. “I knew this was the place for me.”

Khadijah and her son came to Magdalene Project, Union Mission’s emergency shelter for women with children. With access to Union Mission’s unique wraparound services, she was able to find a job within two days of entering the shelter. Now she’s working, learning to save and to budget, so that she can build a better life for herself and her son. She is looking forward to a life of hope and independence thanks to the investments you’ve made in Union Mission’s programs.


Now she’s living in her own apartment and her life has changed thanks to the skills she was able to build at Union Mission. Those skills, she says, are as important to her future as the shelter has been.

“Right now, I’m working to save – save, so we don’t go back again.Even though everybody comes here for different reasons, Union Mission is able to help you. You show us how to get to where we want to be so we won’t need the support of anybody. “

With the help of Union Mission, Khadijah is building a future of hope and independence for her family. Your generous support of Union Mission today will ensure that the help Khadijah received is available to those still in need of a helping hand.

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