Melissa’s Story

Melissa is a 23-year-old single mother raising a 3-year-old son, while studying to be a paralegal. Benedictine Place provides her a safe environment with a good school district. But she knows the fortune of living at Benedictine Place is not forever. Living tucked away in a secluded section of Ross Township surrounded by other women who understand and share her struggles allows her time to rebuild, to become self-sufficient.

“I just want to have a normal life for my family. I want a normal place to live, and a normal lifestyle and to just be normal.” Part of that life would ideally include a network of support, like that cultivated at Benedictine Place,” Melissa said. “It’s nice to know everyone like we do here,” Melissa said about the family atmosphere. “You can talk to the women here and most of them have already been through whatever it is you’re struggling with.”