Family Success Stories
Our families, both in shelter and in permanent housing, work hard every day to make a better situation for themselves and their children. Each family has a different story, but no matter what their experience or personal history, they share a common goal: To be a successful, self-sustaining, productive member of our community with a home to call their own.
We are pleased to share some of our families’ success stories with you. They are inspiring and make us all realize that, with hard work, guidance and a will to make a better life for themselves and their families, anything is possible.
Homeless Since 15 and Battling Mental Health Issues
Laurie, battling mental health issues since she was 7, had been homeless off and on since she was 15 years old. She arrived at House of Hope at 21 years old with her 3 year old son Sam after 6 living situations over 2 years. “House of Hope gave me everything that I needed: They gave me the encouragement to get done what needed to get done, but they made me do it on my own. I am not afraid to tell my story. I hope that other people will learn and be inspired for themselves,” Laurie said of her experience with House of Hope.
READ Laurie’s story.
Rocky Childhood and Substance Abuse Challenges
Being raised in the care of an active alcoholic parent, Donna had a transient childhood and was often absent from school. During her teens and early twenties, she had relationships with abusive and addicted partners. “I got a lot of love here [HOH]. The House of Hope staff is really awesome. They gave me a lot of hope, “ Donna said of the ongoing support House of Hope gave her in her recovery process.
READ Donna’s story.
Learning to Manage Money
Marissa had been working as an assistant manager at a retail store since she graduated from high school. When she became pregnant at 22 with no maternity leave benefits, and no income for 3 months, Marissa and her daughter’s father spiraled into homelessness. While at House of Hope, Marissa soon learned what the staff meant by “This is not a shelter- this is a home.” Gina said, “I am so glad I was able to stay at House of Hope– I was safe and stable and loved, and I learned a lot.”
READ Marissa’s story.