“This is happening. I’m moving forward.”
- Children: 6 year old daughter
- Profession: Bank Teller
- Time at Gilead House: 5 Months
Kendra is not a stranger to the debilitating effects of homelessness. Since her daughter was born, she has bounced around from place to place, estranged from family, struggling to find a place to call home. Last year she moved to Marin County to live with a friend and when that relationship failed, she had no place to turn. Even with two part-time jobs, it was impossible to afford rent, pay for childcare, and feed her family.
“I didn’t have a home.”
When Kendra came to Gilead House she was stressed out, struggling to find housing, and unable to get “things together on her own.” Having a stable place to live gave her hope, peace of mind, and opportunity to receive help. Along with her mentor and staff, she developed a plan for a higher paying job and changed the course of her professional life.
“Before Gilead House, I didn’t believe that I could have a good job.”
Enrolling in the Welfare-to-Work program through CalWORKs, was a life changing moment for Kendra. She knew it was an important opportunity—requiring hard work, serious effort, and personal diligence. The day she received ten call backs from potential employers, she knew her life was changing and she was moving forward in her desire for independence.
“I really dug my heels in and took it seriously.”
As a result of her participation in the CalWORKs program, Kendra now has a job that she is proud of as a bank teller. She is learning new skills, making a higher wage, and has opportunity for advancement. In the future, she would like to go back to school and earn a degree in finance.
“I see the light at the end of the tunnel.”
Having a stable home environment has been invaluable to Kendra’s daughter. Knowing that she will have the same bed to sleep in at night, provides security and predictability – something that all children desire. She is growing in confidence and is more social than ever! Living in a house with other children is teaching her to be more considerate of others and establish her own boundaries
Gilead House gives HOPE to moms like Kendra who are willing to work hard, learn new skills, and improve their situation. By providing life skills education, mentoring, and transitional housing, lives are being changed and families are strengthened. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of homeless single moms in Marin County.