Sharon Can

Sharon Can

Sharon had a tenuous beginning while staying at the Heartland Family Service Heartland Housing Sanctuary program, violating the confidentiality rule of the shelter. She also had picked up a new addiction – problem gambling. During the time that she was...
Cassandra Can

Cassandra Can

When Cassandra came to Sanctuary House, she felt safe and relieved for the first time in years. She wanted to get her children back, so she began to work with case managers and advocates to improve herself. In her journey to better her situation, she participated in...
Desta Can

Desta Can

  A fighter her whole life, Desta’s initial response to the Family Works program was to fight back and preserve herself and the only life she knew. She questioned the expectations and motivations of the staff who were trying to help her. Because of this  paranoia...
Hannah Can

Hannah Can

Without the benefit of legal counsel, Hannah sought a sexual assault protection order against her father, which was granted. Because of the statutory limitations of this type of protection order, her father could not be ordered to keep away from her university campus,...
Jalisa Can

Jalisa Can

When she first heard about Heartland Homes Jalisa said, “I felt like it was the place I was meant to be. Because I was in a very bad situation, it meant I had to move away from all of that and everyone so I could be able to just focus on myself, and my kids, and start...
Jane Can

Jane Can

For Jane, everything felt like a battle from the start. Due to her previous incarceration history, she was only allowed one, 2-hour visit per week with her child. But she was a mother who would never give up! In her fight to get more visitation time with her child,...