Andrea from Chicago, IL

I'm helping my daughter recover from abuse and I need a bed for her and a crib for my son

I didn't work for 8 months because I was helping my 8-year-old heal from sexual abuse. Now I'm working again but can't afford beds for my children.


Andrea's sent us a photo of her son's crib! Dec 20, 2013

Andrea says:

Thank you to Benevolent and the donors for having helped me obtain beds for my children! They have their own beds now and they are very happy! Thank you to the donors again for what you did for my family!

Andrea's son's crib

Andrea sent us a picture of her daughter's bed! Dec 20, 2013

Andrea's daughter's bed

Paloma has just let us know Andrea's beds are ordered! Dec 6, 2013

The bed for Andrea's daughter, and the crib for her son, are ordered and will be delivered soon!

An update and thank you from Andrea: Nov 15, 2013

I would like to say thank you very much for your help. My children are going to have beds and will not be sleeping with me. Thank you to the donors for letting me share my story with you and for helping me. I'm going to continue working hard to provide a better future for my children. Thank you again and thank you for helping those that need help.

A thank you from Andrea's validator, Paloma: Nov 11, 2013

Andrea could not believe that her need had been met. She cannot wait to buy beds for her children! Thank you very much for all your donations!


I need a baby crib for my son and a bed for my daughter, with mattresses.

My current situation is that I just started working after not working for 8 months because I have been helping my daughter heal from the sexual abuse she suffered. She is now in therapy and enjoys it very much. During this time, I was not able to purchase a crib for my newborn son or a bed for my daughter and I would like for him and my daughter to feel comfortable at home with me.

Meeting this need will help me because my son and my daughter will no longer be sleeping in the bed with me. I am aware that newborn children are more likely to die from SIDS and I just want to be able to prevent that from happening. Meeting this need will help me because it will give my daughter an opportunity to feel more independent and comfortable at home.

My goal is to provide a better life for my children. I would also like for my daughter to heal from the trauma she went through and being able to have her own bed will get her closer to healing.

My daughter has been through so much in the past year and I would like for her to have something that she's been wanting for such a long time which is to have her own bed. I know that having a bed will help my daughter feel like she is more independent and will help my son not be at risk of being affected by SIDS.

I'm from Mexico and I moved to Chicago ten years ago. I live with my mother and sisters. I'm happiest when it's summer because I can take my children out to play.

I have one daughter and one son. They are everything to me! My daughter will be starting third grade and she's so excited for school. My son is 4 months old and he is just a happy baby. I am separated from my son's father because he sexually abused my daughter. Sometimes it is very difficult for me to process everything that happened but my children are the reason why I keep going.

I'm most proud of my daughter. She's 8 and although she was sexually abused, she has never given up and enjoys attending therapy.

Something interesting about me is that I love Mexican food.

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This need has been validated by Paloma from Chicago Children's Advocacy Center

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Validated by Paloma from Chicago Children's Advocacy Center (What does this mean?)

We met when Andrea was referred to me by her daughter's therapist about 2 months ago. Andrea and I have met every single week when she brings her daughter to therapy at the center to discuss her needs.

I think meeting this need is important because her children do not have their own beds and are sleeping with Andrea in her bed. Having beds will help Andrea's children become more independent.

Andrea is very consistent with her daughter's therapy appointments. She is a single mother who is doing everything possible to provide a better future for her children and is very committed to her daughter's healing process. I enjoy working with her because even though she has her own struggles, she always has a positive outlook on things.

About Paloma

My job title is Bilingual Intensive Case Manager. I have been working here for almost 4 years. My work involves providing comprehensive case management services to child victims of sexual abuse and their families. My goal is to assist parents in becoming self-sufficient while improving the… Read more