Client stories

April’s Story

Blankets, Food and a Chance When you sit down and talk to April, you can tell she wants to be like any other kid. “I love stuffed animals,” she says. April keeps trying to turn the conversation towards fun things — the garden she helps water and how good she is at reading. Even though […]

Matthew’s Story part 2

Matthew finally beat the odds . . . And it wasn’t easy! Last month we shared part one of Matthew’s story – how molestation, abuse, violence and alcohol at five years old destroyed his childhood. How there were already drugs in his system when he was born. How he was addicted, alone and living on the […]

Matthew’s Story part 1

Matthew never had a chance. The surprise isn’t that Matthew is homeless; The surprise is that he survived, at all! It began when Matthew was an infant – he was born as a baby with an addiction, cocaine already in his system. By the time he was four he was homeless; his family was living […]

Luis’ Story

Luis understands. Afghanistan, Iraq, Nepal, and a whole lot of places he can’t share. For more than twenty years as a combat medic and in Intelligence Collector with Special Operations, Luis has seen and done it all. And it wasn’t pretty, especially the time he witnessed a nineteen-year-old soldier lose his life the same day his […]

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 […]

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