Gilead Families come to Gilead House in need of hope, stability, a place to heal, and a chance for a new beginning. Our moms may have been homeless or at-risk of being homeless. They may have been victims of domestic violence, recovering from chemical dependency or from a situation that resulted in financial distress such as a job loss, divorce, or other significant financial loss. The moms leave Gilead House with a sense of purpose, improved economic self-sufficiency, and hope for a better future for their family. Read stories from our resident moms and be inspired:
I’ve been homeless for over three years. I would stay in hotels, with friends, or in our car. In the hotels, I would wash our clothes in the bathtub, then turn the heater on full blast and open the windows to dry the clothes. I would use showers at friends’ houses or the bathroom at a coffee chain to wipe the kids down, change their clothes, and brush their teeth.
When my kids were young I would drive them around in the car to get them to fall asleep, then park in front of a friend’s house or a random spot, and we’d sleep in the car all night. I’d pack lunches for the kids and pick out their clothes from the trunk of my car.
Once you become homeless it’s so hard to get back on your feet. Gilead House changed that. I used to live in survival mode, but now I feel like I have a future.
The support I received at Gilead House has been invaluable. I have been encouraged to know my worth and to realize I can achieve so much more. The structured environment with rules and curfew has helped me to slow down and stay in control. I’ve learned budgeting, opened a savings account and learned parenting skills.
When I came to Gilead House I didn’t think I was a good mother. I didn’t have a lot of strength, or faith in myself. I was scared.
I always had a job and raised my kids, but now I have so much more. The best thing about Gilead House is the support and information that they provide. I’m taking all the classes they offer: financial management, parenting, manners, and life skills.
I now have confidence and am much more assertive. My younger daughter has special needs, and I’m able to speak up to support her and make sure she gets essential services.
At Gilead House I make my own decisions and chose what to do on my own, but I have support to talk things over with my mentor and staff members. It takes a lot of work to live here, and a strong commitment. There are mandatory meetings on Tuesday nights and goals every week. I’m saving my money, taking all the classes, and getting the help that I need.
I am not a stranger to the debilitating effects of homelessness. Since my daughter was born, we have bounced around from place to place, estranged from family, struggling to find a place to call home.
When I came to Gilead House I was stressed out, struggling to find housing, and unable to get “things together on my own.” Having a stable place to live has given me hope, peace of mind, and the opportunity to receive help. Along with my mentor and staff, I developed a plan to find a higher paying job−changing the course of my professional life.
As a result of hard work, serious effort, and personal diligence, I now have a job that I feel good about, working as a bank teller. I’m learning new skills, making a higher wage, and have opportunity for advancement.
Living at Gilead House has afforded me the opportunity to “see the light at the end of the tunnel.” With a loving and supportive environment, I have learned that I am valued, empowered, and capable of so much more than I ever imagined.