Stories

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
‘Mike' was recently divorced became homeless and he desperately wanted stable housing so he could enjoy regular visitation with his 10-year old daughter Unemployed and with no transportation except a bicycle, he was experiencing relational difficulties related to undiagnosed autism. Mike was in a very rough spot but fortunately with the help of...
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
As a single mom, Charity often felt overwhelmed taking care of her three kids. When she started getting phone calls from her daughter’s school about disruptive behavior, she felt torn between needing to be at work and wanting to pick up her daughter from school. This struggle was just one of Charity’s many challenges—raising three kids by herself...
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Homeless prevention is critical in keeping families together. Because families are encouraged to come to the Living Access Support Alliance (LASA) before they find themselves on the street, it was especially critical for the ‘Wilson family’ who represents three generations living in poverty. The family includes a mother and her daughter, who is a...
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
The ‘Ramirez’ family of six had two children in need of immediate dental care however, they did not have insurance and the cost of treatment at other dentists was more than they could afford.  Fortunately, the nurse at the children’s school knew about Lindquist Dental services that offers a sliding fee that turns no child away based on the family’...
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
The Staff were so happy to see ‘Mrs. Thomas’ at the door of Adult Day Health. Her husband, Phil, had been attending Adult Day Health for almost two years. When Phil came to Adult Day Health, his marvelous sense of humor was obvious from the minute he stepped through the door. He always had a witty remark coupled with a mischievous smile that was...
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
‘CL’ had a long history with drug addiction and loss. When she came to New Phoebe House, she very much wanted to change her life and have her daughter return home.  She jumped in to programming, recovery meetings, parenting coaching and all of the other services.  Throughout her time there, she demonstrated great leadership skills; she became a...
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
“It keeps us happy. It keeps us protected with food. It helps us live.” That’s 9-year-old ‘Angel’s’ description of Nourish Pierce County Food Bank in Puyallup/Graham. She and her mom ‘Nicole’ visit the food bank regularly, since Nicole suffered a series of setbacks, including severe depression and a seizure disorder that made it impossible for her...
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
‘A.J.’ was 17-years old and desperately in need of housing. She had been ‘couch surfing’ and living on the streets for many months, since her mother was incarcerated and she had no natural support network to turn. Amazingly, she was still enrolled in school. The stress was taking its toll but thankfully, A.J. entered into a youth host housing...
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Originally, from Gig Harbor, the Livingstons both worked hard at temporary labor but Mr. Livingston lost his job when he fell on his bike and hurt his ribs. They lived in motels after an eviction, but couldn't afford to continue living so unstably. At the Salvation Army Jarvie Lodge, both parents went to employment classes, got reinstated on...
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
‘Amy’ first came to the YWCA of Pierce County when she filed a protection order against her husband after he was physically abusive. They had been together for almost a decade and throughout their marriage, her husband had subjected her to physical and emotional abuse as well as financial control. While an attorney was able to represent Amy in her...

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