Women’s group celebrates 20 years

by NAT LEVY, Bellevue Reporter Staff Writer
posted Jul 12, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Debbie Graham lost her smile.

By age 22, she had been married and divorced, and she became the sole parent of her son. She struggled with problems of self-esteem, and a car accident in 2006 left her with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and nowhere to turn.

She eventually sought counseling, but it proved too expensive, until a counselor introduced her to Washington Women In Need. She was able to receive a grant from the company to pay for therapy services. It wasn’t long before she was driving again, and a second grant helped her pay for dental care to “fix her smile.”

“They just really treated me with a lot of dignity and respect, and lots of times when you need that kind of assistance it’s really difficult to get through the red tape and all the hoops,” she said. “You really felt like they were giving you a hand up and not a hand out.” read more…