Longing for family: One shelter resident’s testimony

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One resident at Samaritan House Women’s Shelter shared her story of struggle and hopes for a reunited family.


“The hardest part about being homeless is now. It’s difficult being here on the streets. I’ve been homeless for more than two years.

I’m originally from Texas. My own mother had me at 16 years old. I was later adopted when I was 16. I have a one-year-old daughter. She lives in Texas with my mother, but I don’t see her much because my mother and I have a rocky relationship.

I’m expecting another baby now. It’s a boy. But I’m on my own because my baby’s daddy is in jail. He had a warrant out for his arrest. We both used cocaine. When I found out I was pregnant, I stopped doing hard-core drugs. For now, my street sisters look out for me. We take care of each other.   

It’s plain difficult. I just want stability. Most of all, I need my kids.”

-Rachelle

 

*Resident’s name changed to protect privacy

Helping residents become self-sufficient

 

In this special video, Mike Malloy, executive director of Samaritan House, explains how they can help residents like Rachelle achieve stability and self-sufficiency.

“At Samaritan House, we understand that experiencing homelessness can happen to anyone and that it can be a very scary experience. That’s why we focused in on providing the safest environment, with the most professional staff—all designed to help you become more self-sufficient.”

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