Laura, her 2-year-old son, and teenage daughter (Renton Public Schools family) became homeless for the first time when her mother said they could no longer live in her home. She found herself on the street with her bag and two children and no place to go. She was almost hopeless when someone told her about the Center of Hope. She was placed in the overnight shelter and took to heart the guidance and direction given to her at the time of her intake with the staff. She followed all of the steps by making appropriate calls, and took steps to resolve barriers that might prevent her from finding housing. Within two weeks she had found a place for herself and her two children and is successfully managing her life in several areas. She has other goals, like returning to school after she obtains a job. She attributes her success to the staff at the Center of Hope. She stated, “You all made me believe in myself and see something that I didn’t see.”
We have some amazing women and families whose lives are being changed in amazing ways. Pamela and her 5-month-old daughter became homeless because of a domestic abuse situation with her father. She found her way to the Center of Hope and it became a community to her. When she came she was afraid and told us, “I don’t know how to be homeless.” Not only did she not know how to be homeless, she was also new at being a mother and there were so many things that she didn’t have any idea about. Within a couple of days, she stated how much she appreciated everyone caring for her and helping her through what she describe as the most difficult and frightening period of her life.
Jane and her two children came to the Center of Hope for help. They had been sleeping in their car because they had no place to go. She heard about the Center of Hope and we were able to get her off the street and into temporary housing as we search for more long-term housing. When we told her that we could provide a place to sleep at night, her little 10-year-old daughter began shouting, “Mommy, we don’t have to sleep in that cold car anymore?”