Robin's Story: Challenge Accepted

"Because I went through all of this, I became a better human being."

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Robin is a student by day and the Gabriel's Horn Homeless Shelter House Manager by night. She has dealt with some difficult situations in her life, but she continues to overcome all obstacles. Now she uses her time to give back to women in need in Northwest Indiana.

After living in an abusive marriage for 36 years, Robin decided to leave and start a new life. She found a new home at Gabriel’s Horn, a shelter for women and children who have dealt with extreme adversity. She lived there for five months and was able to get back on her feet until she was diagnosed with cancer.

Even after the diagnosis, giving up was not an option for Robin. With her faith and her motto of “challenge accepted” as her motivation, she defeated cancer and returned to Gabriel’s Horn as the House Manager. “You can get a lot of amazing things out of bad experiences,” she said. “Because I went through all of this, I became a better human being.”

Now, Robin spends her days at Ivy Tech, where she is an A student studying to become a pharmacy technician. In the evenings, she goes back to Gabriel’s Horn to manage the house and help the women coming from similar places and experiences as she did. “When they get here, hell has been happening in their lives,” Robin said.

Despite the difficult circumstances, Gabriel’s Horn feels more like a home than a shelter under Robin’s watch. There are only five bedrooms in the house, so Robin is able to work closely with every woman who moves in. After six months they move out on their own, and Robin makes it her goal that every woman is prepared to go back into the world. “I know that when a woman walks out that door and she is prepared, I had a part in that,” she said.

Robin and all of the women at Gabriel’s Horn are examples that life is not defined by its lowest points. She started a new chapter in her life at Gabriel’s Horn, and now thanks to her hard work, many more women are able to have the same success. “We all are given gifts as human beings,” she said. “Sometimes it just takes us a while to find it."

Without United Way donors, emergency and disaster services, like Gabriel's Horn, would not exist to help women and children get back on their feet after adversity. We appreciate your support in helping us support a network of quality education, health and financial stability programs in Northwest Indiana for all residents.

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