Serving Women, Mothers & Children
At the Hannah Homes Campus of King’s Home, we offer loving support and a residential, home-like setting for women and mothers & children so that their lives can be transformed and the cycle of abuse and domestic violence can truly be broken. We provide food, housing, medical expenses, educational support, counseling, and childcare in a safe, secure, and nurturing environment.
Like any young bride, Tessie was filled with hopes and dreams about her future when she got married. She and her husband started their family and were quickly blessed with three children. Soon, however, Tessie realized that things would not turn out as she had hoped. Her husband had become increasingly abusive, and when she discovered that he was having an affair, she knew she had to find a way out. Tessie suffered horrible abuse at the hands of her husband, as her children did as well. They were locked in closets for days at a time without being offered food, drink, or even the use of a restroom.
Tessie and her children found themselves at King’s Home in Tuscaloosa. At the time all three children were under the age of five and they were able to seek refuge at King’s Home, escaping the horrible abuse. Tessie and her children spent a few weeks trying to adapt, adjust and re-group. It took her children a while to realize they were in a safe place now.
Tessie quickly took advantage of all resources available to her at King’s Home. She wanted to rejuvenate herself, both as a woman and as a mother. When Tessie first arrived at King’s Home, she didn’t have financial resources, transportation, or an education. When she was first asked, “what would you like to do?”, she found herself unsure of which direction to take. All she knew was that in high school she was good in math. King’s Home helped Tessie enroll at Shelton State. She passed her first math class and made an A. She continued to excel academically. Tessie was the first generation of any member of her family to attempt a college education. After receiving over $6,000 in scholarships she was able to enroll at The University of Alabama. She did so well that UA offered her a full scholarship, University housing, University child-care, as well as a job on campus. Not only did Tessie excel, she graduated The University of Alabama with her B.S. and Masters in Accounting.
Tessie and her children now live happy and successful in Tuscaloosa County. Tessie has a wonderful job and has been able to provide a home for her children. The future is full of hopes and possibilities for Tessie’s children now as well, thanks to King’s Home. Tessie has been so empowered by the “hand-up” she received at King’s Home that she has emerged as a powerful spokeswoman for King’s Home and will be the featured at King’s Home banquet on April 28, 2016. In addition she has spoken at multiple fundraising events about her life-changing experience at King’s Home and has allowed us to use her story to encourage and empower others. Through prayer and community support, King’s Home has been able to help Tessie and her children during their time of need.