“Before coming to Colette’s, I found myself living in a motel with my son, 13, my two daughters, 11 and 8, and a 7-week-old baby girl. I was stuck. Trying so hard to find a safer place to live but no one wanted to rent to such a large family. I felt so lost and felt like giving up all hope. I was in a really bad place mentally suffering from postpartum depression after giving birth to my baby and then becoming homeless just weeks after my baby’s birth. I wanted to provide something safe and stable for my children. Somewhere they could rest their head at night and feel secure. It was such a hard position to be in, a single mother of four and homeless.
Then after searching and almost losing hope I had an interview at Colette’s Children’s Home. From the day I had an interview, to the day I moved in, to even after me leaving I have always felt welcomed at Colette’s. They have always continued to take care of me and my children. During my time in Colette’s, I have become a better mother and person. I have learned to be more independent, self-sufficient and responsible. I also learned the importance of budgeting and it has helped me be able to secure permanent housing for me and my family. We now have a three-bedroom- two bath apartment we get to call home. My children and I are very happy and they get the opportunity to have their own rooms and most importantly our own space. And it is all thanks to Colette’s for all the work they do and their guidance in helping me secure permanent housing.
Being at Colette’s was such a blessing for my children and myself. The program that they have is life changing. At Colette’s Children’s Home they work extremely hard to help all of us meet the goals we have set to succeed in life. I believe that with help they will be able to keep providing for more woman like me. I am so thankful for all the helpful staff and all the amazing work they do. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.” – Marisol
Before becoming homeless, Phoenix lived with her boyfriend and three children. She had to break her lease after 8 months due to domestic violence issues. She left her boyfriend and found herself homeless with three children. She was newly sober, scared, and alone for the first time in years. Phoenix did not know what to do, she was stressed, depressed, and worried about her children. She recalls calling countless homeless shelters and programs and none returning her calls. Phoenix and her children stayed with her mom for a month, but when her mom moved to a new place the landlord quickly noticed them and ordered them to leave or her mom would be evicted. They left with nowhere to go.
“I was sleeping in my car, stressed out and scared. I finally called Colette’s Children’s Home.”
Colette’s Children’s Home was the first program to call her back for an interview. Phoenix and her three children entered the program after being homeless for around 3 months. When asked what it was like to enter the program, Phoenix said, “Colette’s Children’s Home gave me and my children a safe place to stay. They gave us a roof over our heads and assisted us with food. I was finally able to relax, no longer stressed or depressed like when I was living in my car.”
Phoenix entered our program with the goal of gaining permanent housing to provide a safe stable home for her children. Through hard work and determination Phoenix accomplished her goal. She maintained her sobriety and full-time employment throughout her stay. Phoenix works for a Recovery Center helping others struggling with addiction. Her income increased and she saved over $2,200.00 in our Shelter Savings Program. Phoenix is now living in her own apartment with her three children!
“Colette’s saved me from homelessness. They made it possible for me to maintain sobriety, save money, and get back on my feet. I am so grateful!”- Phoenix