Kenyatta Curtis left an abusive relationship and is now homeless with her 5 children. (Credit: KMOV)
All 5 of Curtis' children are less than 7 years old. (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -
"I got the chance to leave and I left," said Kenyatta Curtis. "I took it."
Kenyatta Curtis recently escaped an abusive relationship with her former boyfriend.
"I went to the hospital because he wanted to fight," said Curtis. "I had bruised ribs and I lost my job and my apartment on the same day."
Out of work and on the ropes, Curtis and her 5 kids, all of them 7 years old and younger, are homeless.
"Bouncing around with my children from house to house, shelter to shelter," said Curtis.
Curtis told News 4 her children aren't enrolled in school, kicked out because of attendance issues.
"It's pretty hard when you don't have anybody to lean on, nobody," said Curtis.
The mother of 5 said her own mom passed away when she was 17 after being sick for years. After all she went through as a child, Curtis wants to always be there for her own kids.
"These women have so much incredible strength," said Woman's Place program manager Samantha Wayant. "What they have tried and what they are doing to keep their children safe, it's why we do this work."
Curtis told News 4 she is seeking assistance from area women's shelters.
She encourages others in abusive relationships to find their own inner strength.
"Step up, step out," said Curtis. "Don't be discouraged, don't let anybody keep you from doing the right thing."