Success Stories


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No talking at the dinner table

“Talking is not allowed at the dinner table.” The counselor looked at Camila quizzically when she made this statement. When Camila sat down to eat with her two little boys, she insisted on silence. “Why?” asked the counselor.

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A deep dark secret revealed

Four generations of women each held a deep dark secret. Daughter, mother, grandmother and great grandmother had been physically and emotionally abused by their husbands. Not one of them knew the other’s secret.

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Because of Amanecer

Since beginning in 1975, we have had thousands of success stories. In preparation for our 40th anniversary, we asked some of our current clients to finish the sentence, “Because of Amanecer…….”
The answers are priceless and clearly demonstrate what we do

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Jane

Short-Term Treatment Provides Dramatic Results

As a teenager, Jane often found herself at odds with friends and family due to her explosive anger. She was quick to act out verbally and violently, and yet was not always certain about the cause of her anger. When she began therapy as an adult, she was also experiencing symptoms of bipolar disorder, as well as audio and visual hallucinations. Jane was intelligent and hard-working; in spite of her struggle with mental illness.

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Say It Loud: No Abuse

No one expected that Miguel could be a victim of abuse at the hands of his girlfriend. After all, the thirty-year-old was a former gang member and had done time in prison. When his friends pressed him about his black eye, bruises and broken bones, he lied. How could he tell them that his pregnant girlfriend was his abuser? When his son was born, Miguel jumped at the chance to escape. He and his infant son found a safe place to live, and Louis began his role as a single dad.

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Elena

Elena: A Life Regained

“Finally free!” is how Elena now describes herself. The journey to her current life was anything but easy, and began when she walked through the doors of a local WIC office a year ago. It was there that Elena met with an outreach representative from Amanecer and, for the first time, shared her fears with another person. Elena was terrified that if she admitted the depression she was experiencing following the birth of her third child, she could risk deportation and losing her children. With compassion and skill, Amanecer’s outreach representative focused on establishing trust with Elena and getting her into treatment.

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Jennifer

We couldn’t have said it better!

Project Connect is a game changer for the teens who participate. But don’t just take our word for it – here’s what Jennifer had to say about her experience with the program:

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Jennifer

We couldn’t have said it better!

Project Connect is a game changer for the teens who participate. But don’t just take our word for it – here’s what Jennifer had to say about her experience with the program:

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Art gives a child a voice

Ten-year-old Yolanda rarely spoke more than a few words. Her family was large and she was overshadowed by older siblings. School was especially difficult; she spent most of her time alone on the playground.

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Border Crossing Nightmare

Abril was ten years old when her mother left their home in Mexico to escape her abusive parents. Unfortunately, Abril was left behind with the grandparents and suffered abuse at their hands. When her mother learned …

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