Re: to Achiek
How did you manage? How did you do it? Maybe you've written before, if so, could you point me to a link?
I am struggling here and need all the advice I can get. Thanks.
I am not Acheick but can relate to much of what you are dealing with. I left the family when I was thirty yrs. old with three minor children. I had no driver's license, had left the states as a teen, no bank acct., not even a social security number. I struggled a lot with very little help but learned some things in hindsight I wish I had known about then.
First, there are women's centers which can connect you to many resources. Since the Family was all about oppression of women, rape (in my case- I did not realize unwanted or coerced sex under fear of death or dire consequences for saying "NO" was RAPE) and being under a totalist dictator (Berg then, Maria now) plus the isolation in TF is similar to what battered women experience, WOMEN's CENTER's can help a lot if you let them know of your prior circumstances. You can go to http://www.rainn.org
or call this National hotline for the location of a women's center nearest you: 1.800.656.HOPE
Once you have a residence which you may already have, most states have programs where if a woman is in school she can get grants to cover day care and expenses, books, tuitions, rent etc. One way to find out about these opportunities is via a financial consultant at a community college. Again, if you don't even have a GED, there are places to get assistance and grants while you are getting it. Women's Center's in your area probably have more details. OR as far as the educational grants go, Community colleges have that info. If you don't have a GED, many community colleges provide those courses and then ongoing courses towards areas you may be interested in.
This is very general, but i am not sure what your most immediate needs are. I wish you the best.