17 years ago, I was married to a man who physically abused me and emotionally abused my young son. I had no career, no experience, and no money. I sought help and safety from the compassionate and skilled professionals working with Community Action Marin’s mental health programs. With their help, I fled that relationship safely. Me and my son have thrived living apart from my ex-husband. My son is now a college student about ready to begin a life on his own and I continue to feel gratitude for the second chance that I received from Community Action Marin so many years ago.