Tahje’s story, in her own words:
“I never thought I would end up in a homeless shelter. But life sometimes takes unexpected turns and there I was, with a three-year-old and a baby on the way and no place to live. It was the lowest point in my life.
“From the moment I walked in the door, I knew I didn’t have to go it alone anymore. The staff are amazing. Everyone genuinely cares and does everything they can to prepare you to be successful. They provided everything I needed when the baby was born, got my daughters into daycare so I could go back to school, and helped me find an apartment when I was ready. They even paid the first and last month’s rent and security deposit. The staff took me through the whole process. I was never alone.
“They offer so many things, all these support services, to get you on the right track, and that continues when you walk out the door. They never gave up on me, which is why I’m here today, working as an EMT, living in my first apartment, and providing a good life for my daughters.”