Woman, teenager find safety at PATH, Noah's House

Dec. 01, 2013 @ 05:07 AM

Maggie (not her real name) was an abused woman. 

For two years she was frightened by a person who stalked her and refused to let her go.

And then Maggie learned about the PATH Shelter (Prevention of Abuse in the Home) in Forest City and moved there.

"PATH provided a safe haven for me," Maggie said.

The staff and programs at PATH have allowed her to move on with her life.

She has been provided financial help in order to keep her car on the road as she seeks employment. 

She also received help with her medical needs.

"I have access to the therapist here on staff," Maggie said.

At PATH she is allowed to live as independently as possible.

She is learning to live life all over again.

The 58-year-old woman couldn't be in a safer place where there are people who assist her, talk with her and give her advice, she said.

Maggie said her life "would be hell" if it weren't for PATH.

"He just would not give up. He just kept stalking me," she said.

"This is  a very beneficial place for me and I'm thankful for it. The PATH shelter deters violence," Maggie said.

Her long range goals are to get full time work, continue getting stronger and she wants to settle down in Rutherford County — thanks to PATH.

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Ashley (not her real name) came to Noah's House a year ago on Halloween day. It was a day she hasn't forgotten.

The 15-year-old high school student was in an unsafe environment prior to being brought to to Noah's House — the emergency shelter for children in Rutherford County.

There are times when a child or teenager must get out of their home environment and Noah's House offers the emergency housing and support.

"People who work here are really great people. They have helped me through a lot and that is very important. They will be there when you need them," Ashley said.

Ashley says she will always be thankful for a safe environment.

After high school, Ashley plans to join the military and continue on her with her life.

Noah's House rescued her.