Thelma came to the US as a refugee, escaping a brutal and abusive spousal relationship in Honduras. Her undocumented status made it difficult for her to seek employment or to access public benefits. She spent many, many nights in DESC's main shelter waiting patiently for an apartment in Aurora House. Today she keeps a pot of bean stew simmering on her stove and a stack of magazines near her bathtub. As one of the newest residents of Aurora House, Thelma cherishes the sense of security that comes with her new home as well as the many staff who continue to support her on her journey to reclaim her life.