Client stories

Kenneth’s Story

Hurricane Katrina triggers ten years of homelessness . . . But a Thanksgiving Meal brings healing and a new start! Kenneth didn’t become homeless by choice. When Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans over ten years ago, Kenneth’s life was devastated. Not only was his home destroyed, he lost his mother, a sister and his only brother – three of the 1,833 […]

Alma’s Story

A Family Changed Forever When Alma drove up to the Adams St. Family Campus she recalls thinking they must be lost, “It was such a beautiful place!” All they had was two black garbage bags with clothes. At the Mission, Alma and her husband, Adrian, had a place to stay and the chance to face their […]

Stacey’s Story

If you met Stacey two years ago, you would have been scared to death of her. And she would have wanted you to be afraid. Stacey was affiliated with the notorious Original Loco Boyz gang on Tacoma’s East Side. Angry, violent and drug addicted, she was a danger to anyone around her. But then, something […]

Ken’s Story

Ken’s descent into homelessness started at age three! It isn’t surprising that Ken became homeless; rather it’s surprising that he survived to become the person he is today. The slow descent began when he was three – and spiraled out of control until just a few years ago. Ken’s earliest memories are of abuse at the hands of his mother. […]

Susan’s Story

Jumping seemed the only answer… Susan had had enough. Raging alcoholism. Debilitating anxiety disorder. Her relationships all broken, she was homeless, living in her car. And now, her brakes had gone out; she had no hope left. She parked her car down by the Old Cannery and slowly walked over to the bridge. . . I walked up to that bridge. […]

Brandon’s Story

Who rescued whom? It was the dead of winter and the rains had come. Brandon and his service dog, Yogi, were camped alone by the river. Just a few years before, Brandon held a great job that included travel, money and stability. But now, all he had was a tent and Yogi. In his words, “life had turned sour.” Suddenly, in the […]

Shawna’s Story

A Mother’s Broken Heart Being evicted from her home with no notice in the middle of winter wasn’t what hurt Shawna the most. Losing her deceased father’s Air Force medals – her only physical reminder of him – was painful, but she could move on. Even being unfairly kicked out because of a clerical miscommunication wasn’t the worst. “I broke down […]

Melissa’s Story

From river bank, to restoration Melissa was coming undone. She had lost custody of her two children because of her addiction. Her marriage of ten-years was disintegrating. And then one evening when she went home, she found someone had broken into her apartment. Everything she had to her name was stolen. It all came to a head on March […]

Shanice’s Story

Family. That’s the most important thing to Shanice Ward. As one of over 100 grandchildren, Christmas was chaotic and fun growing up.  “We’d have breakfast at my grandma’s house, then go across the street for lunch at my auntie’s and dinner at my other aunt’s. It was great!”  But the family’s Christmas traditions Shanice loved so much, came to an abrupt […]

Daniel’s Story

“I planned on killing myself…” Daniel hit rock bottom when he was in jail. With no home to return to when he got out, Daniel was at an all-time low. But it was when his daughter hung up on him while he was in jail that he hit \ rock bottom. His heart was crushed. It was then that […]

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