It was four days after Thanksgiving. A time when families and friends set aside their misfortunes and often feel blessed for the most meaningful things in their lives.
But Marjorie faced a difficult decision.
With her son and what little possessions she could transport, Marjorie left her apartment, job, family and friends in New York to escape an abusive relationship. She ran to a friend’s house in Westville far away from the life she knew, eventually finding safe shelter with the Volunteers of America.
“Two heads are always better than one,” Marjorie, 24, said Friday evening after a communal dinner. “If you have to jump through a couple of hoops … it’s very beneficial. They put out clippings for apartment rentals and help us look for jobs to maintain our apartment when we get them so we can still get our stuff together without having to fall back.”
Gloucester County has long had sites and services to help people like Marjorie, and those services continue to grow and evolve.
Volunteers of America Delaware Valley opened the Eleanor Corbett House, a family shelter located on 27 acres in rural Elk Township, in February 1990, according to the Volunteers of America.