After being sexually assaulted by her boss when she was 23 years old, Luci moved from Des Moines, WA, to Seattle to get away. “It was a big deal,” Luci said. “It sort of drove me insane. I didn’t feel safe anywhere after that.” Once in Seattle, she was able to get into a local group home for youth and started to put her life back together. She got a job at Goodwill and eventually got her own place. She was doing so well that she decided to go back to school.
Then in 2013, the man who attacked her showed up at North Seattle Community College and confronted her on campus. She called the police, who escorted her out of the building and gave her a ride home. She began to fear that her attacker might know where she lived, so she collected her belongings and fled. She decided she might be safer in the system moving from shelter to shelter instead of at a fixed location.
It was at this time that Luci found Elizabeth Gregory Home (EGH) and has been coming to the Day Center ever since. “I feel safe at EGH,” Luci said. “I can take a shower, take care of laundry, eat breakfast and lunch, and they even help with bus tickets so I can get back to my shelter.”
Luci dreams of having a good job and a home, but because she was brought to the US from Mexico when she was a child, she worries about her uncertain future due to her immigration status. “My family in Mexico doesn’t know me. I’m not Mexican enough for them, they consider me an American,” Luci said. “And now I’m afraid of what will happen with all of this talk of deportation.”
Luci is working with a pro bono lawyer to renew her deferred immigration status so that she can continue attending school. Additionally, she just learned that she got into a studio apartment in northeast Seattle and will be moving in this week. Luci is grateful that EGH will continue to be a safe place for her to come to for support as she faces the challenges ahead.