As a single mom with four young children, Cara Brookins is no stranger to perseverance.
Her first marriage ended as a result of her husband’s extreme paranoid schizophrenia. As she sought to protect her children from a dangerous situation, she met and married a man who was strong and protective, something she felt she and her family needed at the time.
The relationship later devolved into a physically and mentally abusive situation and soon Brookins found herself having to start over and put her life back together once again. But with four children aged 17, 15, 11, and 18 months, she found herself with nowhere to go, and could only afford a place big enough for her kids to all share a room.