She first became homeless in 2006, when she left an abusive home. She got connected to the A HOPE Day Center, where staff members engaged her in services & case management. Eventually, through Pathways to Permanent Housing, Nancy moved her into her own apartment. But she was in another bad relationship, and when she let her boyfriend move in with her – even though the Housing Authority doesn’t allow people not on the lease to live in an apartment—she lost her housing & became homeless again.
But at Homeward Bound, we believe in second chances, and we believe in Nancy. So when she came back around in 2010, we accepted her back into Room In The Inn & began working towards housing again and empowering Nancy to lead her own life. The PATH team connected her to community supports, and Nancy began to stabilize.
In May of 2011, Nancy signed the lease for her own apartment! And this time, she has the support of not only her case manager,
but also a HOPE to HOME team. Her team is a group of volunteers from the faith community committed to transitioning Nancy into housing by gathering donations of furnishings to make her new apartment feel like a home, but more
importantly, they’re committed to Nancy herself. For the next year as she stabilizes in housing, they’ll come around her with support, partnering with her to identify & achieve her goals and functioning as a community for her.
Nancy’s a success story in her own life, but she’s also a Homeward Bound success: she’s the 300th person we’ve moved into permanent housing!