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Cora’s Story

At the early age of 15, Cora began dating her future husband. She was flattered that he was so attentive to every detail of her life. He seemed to care so much about who her friends where and the specifics of her daily activities. Within a short period, he began dictating who she could talk […]

Theresa’s Story

Up to that point, 13-year-old Theresa had only crafted a meal out of a combination of items from the dollar menu or a box of mac and cheese. She was nervous when Melissa, the nutrition Case Coordinator at Emerge! shelter, asked if she would like to choose and help cook the evening meal for the […]

Joan’s Story

Joan* told her case coordinator that her smile had never felt brighter after having her teeth fixed through the Emerge! dental program. Her renewed sense of strength and confidence was visible across any room. After feeling trapped by an abusive husband for 20 years, she broke the cycle of abuse.  With the help and support […]

Kathy’s Story

Kathy* was living in fear. After calling the Emerge! hotline, she came into shelter and was relieved to have a safe and confidential place to stay. Once she settled in, she told her case coordinator about the time she was hospitalized by her ex-boyfriend. Before she checked out of the hospital, she had ended the […]

Natalia’s Story

This month’s participant story is about our 2016 Mothers of the Year recipient.  Natalia* had a sudden realization that stopped her in her tracks. It was so simple and yet colossal at the same time. In that moment, it was just her and her ice cream cone walking down the street. The relentless fear that […]

Maritza’s Story

When she arrived home, Maritza* found her wife in front of a bonfire in the backyard. Enraged, Lisa asked why she was late coming home. Before Maritza could respond that her phone had died, Lisa said she wanted to teach her a lesson and threw Maritza’s adult literacy education books into the fire. When Maritza’s […]

Sara’s Story

Sara has always been a leader. She just didn’t always realize it. Sara had experiences with her husband that would be unfathomable to many. Together, they had six children and lived in refugee camps in Africa before immigrating to the U.S. Back in her home country of Tanzania, Sara recalls her days as a farmer […]

Join us for our 10th “Emergeaversary”!

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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More Participant stories

Daniel’s Story At three years old, most kids are learning to speak in complete sentences, loudly reciting their A-B-C’s and beginning to ask countless questions about the world; that wasn’t true for Daniel.*  He had seen a lot in his short life, having been exposed to verbal and physical abuse in his home. When he […]

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2018 Mother of the Year

SAVE THE DATE! When: Friday, April 27, 2018 Where: JW Marriott at Starr Pass 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd. Tucson, Arizona 85745 Click here for map. Time: Silent Auction begins at 11:oo a.m. and the Mother of the Year program will run from 12:00 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Event to include a silent auction, Emerge!’s 2018 Mother of […]

10 Year Merger Anniversary

10 years ago, Tucson Centers for Women and Children and Brewster Center merged to form Emerge! In 2018, we’re celebrating the success of this merger, the legacy of domestic abuse services in our community and the continued services that Emerge! provides in Pima County. Check back soon to learn more about how we will be […]

It’s Time for Holiday House 2017!