Re "Women's shelter unveils its site for expansion" (Our Region, Jan. 30): I am an alumnae of St. John's Shelter for Women and Children, and I am constantly finding ways to give back. I enjoy volunteering where my life took a shift towards greatness!
As a single mother of three beautiful children, a full-time student and a survivor of domestic violence, I was fortunate to get into St. John's in 2011 after three weeks of calling daily. While there I used their resources to work towards my goals. I learned how to budget money, opened a bank account and was able to build my self-worth. I shared a room with three families; now I rent a three-bedroom apartment.
I have benefited immensely from this organization; it's an amazing place where women and children can learn to gain control of their lives again. I fully support the expansion of the shelter and look forward to seeing it grow.
-- Michelle Velez, Sacramento