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Bridge of Hope let me know I wasn’t alone

Women2Women coverBridge of Hope Berks County graduate and board member, Janice Rodriguez, is featured in the Winter 2015 issue of Women2Womenmagazine.

Janice and her then four-year-old son came to Reading from Puerto Rico in 2009 to escape an abusive relationship with her ex-husband.

When she felt the threat from her husband had passed, Janice found it difficult to find work and housing.

Janice found Bridge of Hope, and the staff and mentors of Bridge of Hope helped her to locate housing and other services. The greatest benefit from Bridge of Hope was the relationships that formed with Janice and her son and their mentoring friends from a local church.

Janice says, “Bridge of Hope let me know that I wasn’t alone, and the people in it became family…It’s not just a housing program, it’s a family program.”

Janice Rodriguez and GabrielToday Janice works full time with a mental health agency, cares for her son in their townhome, and serves of the board of directors of Bridge of Hope Berks County (PA).

You can hear from Janice and her son in this Bridge of Hope video: The Promise of a Home.