Imagine not having a safe place for your children to sleep. Or having any confidence or knowledge in how to find a job to provide for your children and escape poverty. That's where Housing Hope comes in.
After living in her car with two small children for over four months, Colleen, a young single mother, moved into Housing Hope. She had no family support at all, as they too struggled with homelessness.
During initial meetings with her Family Support Coach, it became very apparent that her children were out of control. Colleen’s Family Support Coach recommended that she attend the Incredible Years parenting classes being offered through College of Hope. She was fairly reluctant at first, and her biggest concern was that her children wouldn’t participate in the children’s program. After some gentle encouragement, she tried it. By the second week, she was eager to learn about her children and understand some of their behaviors.
Everyone noticed the changes in her children and Colleen's way of interacting with them. Colleen was so encouraged by what she was learning that she felt comfortable putting her children in daycare while she participated in WorkFirst. She has attended all of the College of Hope parenting classes and is now successfully working full time while her children attend daycare and the ECEAP program. The difficulties she had with her children have been met with a new confidence that she would not have had, had she not received safe, stable housing or attended the adult life skills classes offered by Housing Hope.