Diana had been a victim of domestic violence and was struggling with addiction when she was referred to the Children’s Bureau Family Stabilization Program. She entered rehab during this time and, once completing the program, she and her two teenaged children entered a domestic violence shelter where they stayed for two months receiving counseling services. When Diana and her children returned to Children’s Bureau, Diana had just found full-time employment, but they were still in search of stable housing.

The Family Stabilization Program provided them with the assistance they needed to transition from this chapter of their lives. They were given access to temporary housing and able to feel a sense of community through events such as the Christmas gift Holiday Angel Program and holiday dinners. Because of Children’s Bureau, Diana and her children were able to persevere and have a peaceful holiday season.

Having a stable job and safe place to sleep helped Diana secure permanent housing. She was soon able to find an apartment to rent. She had been forced to get rid of her storage unit, so the family didn’t have any furniture. With the help of Children’s Bureau and Furnishing Hope, Diana had a fully furnished apartment within a week of moving in.

“Thank you so very, very much for helping me with this! Good things can and will happen if you are living life right and not driven by pain,” said Diana.

With the help of Children’s Bureau Family Stabilization Program, Diana was able to get through a difficult time. The goal of the Family Stabilization Program is to support families, like Diana’s, who are experiencing a crisis or situation that destabilizes the family and impairs the client’s ability work. Diana has since stayed in contact with her social worker and has followed through on all recommendations.