A safe place to call home. It sounds like such a basic requirement, but many of the children never experienced it before coming to Mercy Home. As Chloe started high school, she found that her home had suddenly become an unsafe place.
Chloe grew up with a single mother. Her father was never really in the picture, and her mom was not very reliable. She was often more interested in going out than taking care of her daughter. She had a string of relationships with men that didn’t last very long— eventually Chloe learned it was better not to get attached to her mother’s boyfriends.
But one day Chloe’s mom announced that she was getting married to her current boyfriend. Chloe was excited, because she thought this would mean this boyfriend would stick around. She hoped that she would finally have a dad. She didn’t know this man very well, but he seemed to make her mom happy. And that made Chloe happy.
But when her mom’s new fiancé moved into their apartment, everything changed. He didn’t help out with the housework or have a job. Mostly, he sat on the couch drinking all day. He seemed to resent that his soon-to-be wife had a daughter. He never wanted Chloe around. And he often invited large groups of his friends over. They stayed late into the night, drinking and being loud, even on weeknights. Sometimes Chloe couldn’t sleep because of the noise.