Stories

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
‘Linda’ had been living in poverty but was determined to succeed. She had a BA in Advertising and worked in the field for a while, yet knew she wanted more. She knew there were trades with long-term career opportunities and that the work was in demand. After completing a trades rotation program, she was placed in ANEW’s Carpenters Apprenticeship...
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
‘Mary’ had been evicted and was denied for several market rate apartments when she entered into Associated Ministries Renters Readiness monthly course. She quickly learned the importance of honest communication to help build trust with property managers. Afterward the course, she applied for an apartment and was honest about her barriers. The...
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Before coming to The REACH Center, ‘Rigo’ had been living in Washington for two years but had been unable to improve his education because all he was overwhelmed from working to pay his rent and child support. He was unaware that he could engage in free GED services as well as an array of case management services. In addition to working on his GED...
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
A very pregnant woman named ‘Martha’ came into the Rescue Mission’s Family Shelter seeking help. During her intake, Martha revealed she had just left her husband who had problems with drugs and alcohol and was verbally abusive. While she escaped a hostile environment, Martha had very little money, one past eviction and a large noisy family. In...
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
I am 27 years old and I have two young daughters. Recently I got a 3-day pay or vacate notice and I was not able to pay the full amount of rent. I was a day away from becoming homeless. I called South Sound 2-1-1 and spoke with a housing navigator who told me there were resources and services available that could help. My situation totally turned...
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
I’m a single mother of three boys and have been a Medical Assistant for 15 years. When my father needed extra care, I stepped in to help though surgeries, hospitalizations and long-term care. It’s been a scary time, but I was determined to help my dad. I ended up losing our home since Dad’s caregiving had become my full-time job. At my lowest...
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
When I lost my job, I thought I’d be able to get another job soon, but instead I had to take on a series of odd jobs to make ends meet. Just when the money ran out and I couldn't pay my rent or provide for my children, I got into a car accident that totaled my vehicle, so I had no reliable transportation to go to interviews or a job. I found out...
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
South Sound 2-1-1 helped my family and me, restart our lives by assisting us with furniture and household goods for our new apartment after we were homelessness. We lived at a local shelter and now we can see our way to a better future together. – ‘Brandon’  
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
My wife, our toddler and I ended up homeless after relocating to Washington. We came here with big dreams and a plan to start a new life together. Initially, we had a place to stay and support to get settled all lined up, but everything fell through once we arrived. We ended up living on the streets in Tacoma.  2-1-1’s housing navigator was able...
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
‘Claudia’, a teenage Hispanic girl had become pregnant and her family was about to be evicted. On top of being very low income and not having access to healthy food, she was experiencing dating violence issues. Thanks to counseling and basic needs support, she and her mother were able to secure a new apartment, apply for Medicaid for her pregnancy...

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