Mallory came to Friendship Home when she was 22. Her husband, Scott, had never allowed her to work or have access to their checking account, or to an ATM card. She said this was similar to what she has witnessed with her parents.
Her mom didn’t work outside the home and Mallory’s dad gave her money for household expenses. She didn’t think her father was abusive but, she could see that controlling the money was a “kind of” abuse and wondered if there was more to her parent’s relationship that she just didn’t see or didn’t recognize for what it really was.
Mallory’s husband was abusive and highly controlling. He didn’t hesitate to slap her if she asked too many questions and he doled out money when she had a list of what HE determined was needed.
Mallory took every opportunity to take “control” of her life when she came to Friendship Home. She found a job just days after coming into shelter, she attended Friendship Home’s financial empowerment classes and took to heart the information from her Clifton Strength’s profile.
That was almost two decades ago. Mallory still checks in with us when she volunteers and says she only regrets that her Mom hadn’t known about Friendship Home.