In Their Own Words
This letter is from a Foothills’ client and is shared with her permission.
January 22, 2020
Dear Foothills Staff,
I apologize for not writing earlier, but I am just now at a point in my life that I feel strong enough to sit down and write this thank-you letter.
My daughter was the victim of a sexual assault by a family member whom I trusted to care for her while I worked. I am a single mother and really did not trust anyone to babysit my children. The moment she told me, my world, my children’s world, would change forever, and our life as we had known it up until that moment would never be the same. I went into a type of shock that day, and my family could not have gotten through the whole painful experience if it had not been for Foothills.
From the very minute my daughter and I walked into your building to meet with your staff, we felt safe and welcomed. We knew you cared about us. My body was still numb, heart pounding, mind racing. I was trying to hold it together and not cry in front of my sweet, innocent, children who had been through the unthinkable. A member of your staff asked if she would like to play with the toys in the waiting room while I went to another room to talk. I could see my daughter was safe and willing to go, and that gave me much comfort. Once in a different room, I finally was able to cry and have someone provide me comfort. Until this time, I would only cry alone at night after I put my baby to bed or in my car after I dropped her off at school. I did not have family or friends I felt comfortable talking to about this at the time, and therefore I had been keeping it all to myself. At Foothills, I found friends immediately who understood the feelings I was having and the trauma I was going through. I was reassured that day that, Foothills would be available throughout the investigation and beyond. I was given information that day to contact therapists for both my daughter and me.
Throughout the investigation, a Foothills representative stayed in contact with me and followed our case as it was worked by law enforcement. She was my lifeline during this time. We got into therapy much faster than we would have on our own. My daughter, thank goodness, only needed therapy for a short period, but I have required it for longer and still attend. I am proud to report I have recently graduated from every week to every other week.
The perpetrator was convicted this past year and is in jail as of today. Apparently, during the investigation it was discovered my daughter was not his only victim. My daughter is such a strong, courageous child for speaking what she was told not to; she is my true hero. I would like the staff at Foothills to know she is doing very well and thriving in her world.
I cannot thank all of you enough for all the kindness you showed to us during this most devastating time in our lives. The support you provided was remarkable. I am certain, had it not been for your staff’s professionalism and dedication to our case, the outcome would not have been as successful. I am so thankful an organization such as Foothills exists. You are doing an outstanding job, and I wanted all of you to be recognized for the work you do. Thank you for all your do for the children of our community.
(Name withheld to protect the privacy of the family)