BATP’S Impact Success

Crimson Tears Client J.M.

I cry tears
Stained crimson
By cheeks lashed
By hands open and closed
Swinging blows that penetrate
Skin and attack soul.
Wide open to the glares of sorrow
My cries fell on deaf ears.
My skin ran free of scars.
Should I delve to my quintessence
So you can see my pain?
Its like rain falling.
I cry tears
Stained crimson
By cheeks lashed
By hands open and closed.
Can we press rewind?
I remember those times
When death seemed the prize.
Never stolen until
Artificial wrinkles became
River bed for tears stained red.
How many days I wished to be dead
Until I saw the place I furnished.
I cry tears stained crimson
By cheeks lashed
By hands open and closed.
Domestic Violence
Emphasis on domestic.
I became my own little terrorist
Holding onto flesh rotting,
One big weeping wound.
Brimstone rang from his every step.
So many times I realized he
Was the devil incarnate.
Bag packed, safety word set
Is this the low brow loving I get?
It is a romantic death.
Hand cocked
Mine rises faster
Knocked intention right out of him
Them my child cried.
We ran
We ran until the sun met our path
Washing us in healing hues.
No longer do I identify with abused.
I have surpassed survive.
I THRIVE!


Success Stories

Sarah* has been with Bay Area Turning Point for about 3 months now. After fleeing a violent situation, she and her two children reside in our shelter. Sarah and her children had been living with Sarah’s mother, who was abusive towards her. Sarah had been raised in a home where abuse was the norm. Once she realized her children were having this same experience with family violence, Sarah made the bold and courageous decision to leave. Sarah decided that “enough was enough” and loaded her two children and as much as she could fit into the car and headed toward Texas.

She has attended support group at our shelter and her children have attended our children’s support group. Through constant meetings with her caseworker and encouragement from support group she has been able to set clear healthy boundaries with family and has such a more positive outlook on life than she did when we first met. I remind her often of her affirmations that she created and to recite them whenever she feels she needs a ‘pick me up.’ She is able to also now identify coping skills that she can use when she has flashbacks and triggers. I am very proud of Sarah for the courageous person she is and the steps she has made towards self love and independence, not only for herself but for her children as well.

*Client’s name has been changed due to confidentiality.


Mary’s Story
By Theresa Graham, Hotline Specialist

I received a called from Mary* over our 24 hour crisis hotline. She was desperate and needed a place to go.

She had been in a verbally and mentally abusive relationship and needed to get away from her boyfriend as soon as possible. Unfortunately, there was no room at our shelter, so she stayed at a local motel for a few days until space became available. Mary stayed in our shelter and once she had achieved some of her goals towards self-sufficiency, she left the shelter and moved out on her own.

After Mary moved out of our shelter, she transitioned to our non-residential program. This program allows individuals to take part in all of our same services, expect living inside the shelter. Mary was able to attend several appointments with a BATP counselor and eventually, she began to come to our weekly non-residential support group meetings. Mary often expressed her gratitude for the help we gave her and the emotional support provided through therapy services.

After a few weeks of support group, Mary came up to me one night and was extremely excited. She had found a job close by at a local hotel. She was so excited that she had the courage to set new goals and achieve them.

I feel so proud that Bay Area Turning Point has been able to help this individual to be strong enough to ask for help and then go out and find a new life for herself!

*Client’s name has been changed due to confidentiality


Sandy decided after many years to leave her abuser, contacting Bay Area Turning Point for Shelter. Sandy came to shelter unsure of what to expect, as this was her first time to ever enter into a shelter. She wasn’t aware of the many programs, resources and counseling that would be available to her. Her first week was a little rough, she wasn’t sure that she could handle the differences in personalities she was interacting with at shelter. She felt like she was overwhelmed in a new situation, unsure of what the next steps could be for her. After talking to our Transportation Aide, Sandy felt the courage to keep pushing through.

The Transportation Aide reassured Sandy that she could build a future by taking advantage of the many resources that are available at Bay Area Turning Point, that we were always available when she needed someone to talk to and just listen. So with that little bit of encouragement, Sandy knew a brighter future was ahead.

As the days progressed various Bay Area Turning Point staff informed Sandy of the programs available to help her find a job, transportation, housing and other basic assistance she needed. Sandy was signing up for different events, updating her resume, going on multiple job interviews and still job searching. It was only a matter of a few weeks when all of her hard work and efforts paid off.
Sandy came to staff excitedly announcing that she not only was starting one job but two jobs! Both jobs schedules worked together perfectly. Then she got an even bigger smile stating that there was an apartment located between both jobs that she had been looking at, it seemed that everything was falling into place for her. She stated, “When God has a plan for you he works out all the little details…it all seems to be lining up”.
Sandy also took advantage of our counseling program where she felt she was making progress. She commented, “I am starting to understand that what I went through is not my fault. I am not the reason why my marriage fell apart and why he did what he did to me”.
She not only got the chance to begin a new life, but grow and learn about her emotions and feelings through the process. Sandy, we are so proud of you and wish you all the best!


Bay Area Turning Point has been there for me every step of the way.  I was alone at first, getting abused by my soon to be ex-husband. I was sleeping in my car. My kids had been taken from me; I barely had any clothes, and had no one to talk to but God. I was looking for an agency that did rapid rehousing, and remembered that Bay Area Turning Point did.  They told me they would be able to help me.

Bay Area Turning Point has been helping me ever since.  They have helped me with emotional problems, finances, and even clothes.  I am at such peace knowing that there are people out there willing to help when your own family is against you.  I am even going back to school to get my CDL.  I have so much faith in humanity now, when I had none. 

I am working two jobs to make ends meet.  I know my kids will remember the abuse, but I want them to know, they don’t ever have to get abused. 


After being violently assaulted, Georgia* fled from her home to hide in a ditch across the street. While lying inside the ditch, Georgia called 911 for assistance. Georgia was taken to the hospital and treated for serious injuries to her face and eye.

Once released from the hospital, Georgia was escorted to Bay Area Turning Point for assistance applying for Crime Victims Compensation, a program to reimburse survivors for expenses related to the crime. Georgia’s advocate not only assisted her with applying for this program but also informed Georgia of her rights. Georgia decided to file criminal charges against her abuser, and with her advocates help, Georgia was able to tell the local law enforcement about the violence she experienced.

Georgia’s symptoms from the abuse she endured began to become more severe, and she experienced dizziness and loss of sight. This caused Georgia to miss work to attend many doctors’ appointments. Due to the extensive damage to her eye, Georgia eventually had to endure multiple surgeries. Although the surgery did lessen the dizziness that she experiences, Georgia’s sight was not able to be fully regained.

Because of her advocate’s assistance, Georgia was reimbursed for her medical bills and loss of wages from missing work from Crime Victims Compensation. Georgia began attending counseling with Bay Area Turning Point and started her next chapter free from violence. Georgia often checks in with her advocate to say hello and express her gratitude.

*Client’s name has been changed for confidentiality.


Katie* A young lady entered our shelter, bruised from her history. She was unemployed and seeking stability. Through her focus and determination she quickly acquired employment. She worked long nights but never allowed it to break her spirit or willpower to succeed. She staying extremely focused on her goals during her time at the shelter while continuing to push towards her independence. After gaining employment she was on her way to obtaining secure housing. This young lady recently moved on from Bay Area Turning Point and has found herself, independent of her past.

*Client’s name has been changed for confidentiality.


Claire* entered our therapy services after she had been sexually assaulted on her school campus. Although that she was usually an outgoing and confident woman, after the assault occurred, she had become extremely anxious, self-conscious, and scared to go anywhere. She was constantly reliving the events that occurred, and she was afraid to interact with people in various social settings Claire feared that she would become a target again. Like many who have experiences sexually assault, Claire blamed herself, feeling that she had done something for the attacker to choose her to prey upon. Because of this belief, she changed her appearance, stopped hanging out with her friends, and isolated herself from family.

While waiting for a decision from the justice system, Claire’s offender was not incarcerated. Claire lived in fear that he would assault her again. This increased Claire’s anxiety dramatically. This led Claire to the decision to come to Bay Area Turning Point for our counseling program. After six months of therapy, Claire had regained her sense of security. She no longer felt helpless and anxious. She started opening herself up to making new friends and slowly started trusting people again. Claire’s attacker was eventually placed on probation, and Claire felt a since of strength knowing that some justice was served. Claire realized that the assault will be something she will always remember, however, she will not let it take over her life. She learned coping strategies to help her feel strong and empowered, when she is feeling sad. She regained herself confidence and felt beautiful again. Claire realized that she is a survivor and that no matter what; she can overcome any obstacles placed in her way.

*Client’s name has been changed for confidentiality.


Words of Appreciation from our Clients:

I am so thankful for the staff here and I was able to get my medicine today. I have not been able to do that in such a long time.

I am so thankful for the services here!

My kids are comfortable here, have fun, and they feel safe! When my kids feel this way then it makes me content, thank you to the staff.

I can tell that the staff who works here is genuine.

I’ve never been to a facility where the staff treated me so kindly, they understand that we have been through something really bad. I am appreciative.


To the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Turning Point:

I am writing to you today to make you aware of the outstanding dedication of your staff and in particular of Carrie Enriquez. I know that most of your staff work tirelessly, and put in long hours, but I doubt that you often hear of the overwhelmingly positive, life changing difference they make in the day to day lives of individuals.

Last month, my daughter was involved in an incident of domestic violence. For our family, this was completely uncharted territory. We were scared and confused and it was a very traumatic time for us. We were originally referred to the bay area council on drugs, who thankfully then referred us to your organization bay area turning point. From the moment we met ms. Carrie Enriquez, she put us at ease.she led us through the whole process, took us to the emergency room, and stayed with us until my daughter had been admitted (over four hours) during that time, her professionalism and reassuring nature was indispensable. She not only provided us with the practical information we needed, but went further to provides warm, positive, non-judgmental support on an emotional and psychological level, by the time Carrie left (very late that night) we felt like we knew what to do, and where we could get the help we needed. She let us know where to go to get counseling, clothes, and a safe place to stay.

The next day, Ms. Enriquez called to check on my daughter. Now, almost a month later, she will still call and check on my daughters progress and always offers encouragement and support. I know that part of this is just her job, but I know in my heart, that the thing that drives Carrie is a desire to help people.her passion and level of caring went far beyond what her job would require.it was also nice to meet Andrea, who was in training, and she also exhibited the same type of deep commitment and passion.

Bay area turning point should feel very fortunate to have Ms. Enriquez on your staff. She exemplifies the core values that I have come to recognize is the mission of your organization.i do not have a lot of money, but because of my experience feel compelled to donate and volunteer my time in the future.in the meantime, I hope this letter will at least allow Ms. Enriquez and Andrea to get some well-deserved recognition for the way they have touched the lives of me and my family. Thank you to them and thank you to your organization for what you do every day.