In late December 2017, my five year old son and I became homeless for the first time. I was attending Monterey Peninsula College on track to graduate that June with my associates degree in Human Services and I was working part time on campus as well. It was so convenient that my son was enrolled in an amazing preschool that was located on the same campus as my school and work. However being that I’m a single mom, with family that has struggles of their own, lives far away, and who provide little to no help, I was quite literally on my own. We lived in my car while I finished school, and while I was trying to figure out how I could get us by day to day.
Thankfully, a friend told me about Dorthies Place and HRC and I immediately reached out to them. While I was in the process of getting a Homeless Set Aside Voucher from Dorthies Place, I graduated with my AA and a few weeks after that, I moved in to a two bedroom apartment. HRC helped me so much by paying for the deposit and housing goods such as blankets, pillows, washcloths, and towels.
While I was homeless, I cried a lot while my son was asleep because I honestly thought it was going to be impossible for me to get out of that situation alone. It’s only because of the help from HRC and Dorthy’s Place, that I now have a home to raise my son in, and we are beyond grateful for the support and encouragement we had along the way. Thank you!