(Note: All names have been changed.)
Jim, a veteran, and his family came into the Center of Hope. Jim had lost his job, and he and his family became homeless. We were able to put them up in the EOS shelter. Jim walked across the street one morning and got a job at a local company. They tapped into the resources we had available and were able to find housing in a relative short period of time.
Janet, one of our residents, stated that she was so depressed that she could not move every day. She cared about being homeless but did not have the strength to get up. Her teenage daughter, though, gave her a lot of inspiration because she got a job. Her kids would ask her why she didn’t do the things a mother is supposed to do. She said her son started asking her every day to make sure she put in an application for housing. Through the community meeting and one-on-one affirmation of support, Janet now has a job and is on her way to removing the barriers that have prevented her from getting housing.
Shirley found herself homeless because the family she was staying with could no longer accommodate her and her five children. She had no job and no family support. Shirley was told about the Center of Hope through the Renton School liaison program. She came into the Center of Hope and was placed in the overnight center. She found hope, love, and support for her and her children. She received coaching from the staff at the COH with resume and job coaching and housing leads. Within four weeks she found employment and moved into housing.