A young pregnant mother of four, came into our office seeking a place to live. She was living in a campground in a tent with her children ages, 9, 6, 2, and 1.
At the time we did not have any openings in our Transitional Housing program but we did have an opening coming up. We asked her if she felt safe living in her tent, she replied that since it was Summer and the kids were out of school it was an adventure for them. She was hoping to be settled in a place before school started.
As Summer moved into Fall we still did not have an opening so we offered to move her into one of our shelters but she had already enrolled her two school age children into Goldendale schools and did not want to move out of town. During this time she was attending church and had met a woman who offered to let her and her children stay in her small mobile home. It was tight quarters for everyone but it was the best solution for her at the time. At this point, the client was five months pregnant, so getting off the ground to sleep was a much appreciated luxury.
This client was very motivated; she was going to school to become a mid-wife and she continued her clinic hours even during this stressful time. The local midwifery office agreed to let her intern with them and they also offered her a job contingent upon her finishing school.
After a long wait, the transitional home finally became available. With a secure roof over their heads, the kids were able to get settled in school and things progressed as planned.
With the right help, this woman was able to remain stable during a time when things could have gone very wrong. She is still meeting all her goals and we are so happy to see her continue to create a better life for herself and her children.