40 Stories for 40 Years: Laura Wetselline

by Emily Roberts | Nov 16, 2018

Laura is a survivor of both domestic violence and human trafficking. For five years she was abused psychologically and physically while being sold for sex, and she says she lost all sense of worth.

In December of 2014 the Frisco Police Department responded to a domestic violence call at the apartment where she was living with her abuser. The officers rescued Laura and her two children and brought them to The Family Place where she and her children received counseling for the trauma they had experienced.

Laura says at that point in her life she didn’t know how to truly live, only how to survive. She felt hopeless and defeated. Laura began individual counseling, received Section 8 housing and other available resources so that she could rebuild her life. Today, she has regained her sense of worth and knows that her life is priceless.

Laura is now active in The Family Place’s leadership program, a member of Partners Auxiliary and a manager at Tom Thumb. She surrounds herself with strong, successful women because she believes the people around her influence who she is.

“Today I have a life beyond my wildest dreams,” Laura says. “I didn’t do this by myself, God transformed me. Don’t ever let your past destroy your future. It’s your life. You have the power to change yourself and your future.