Sierra's Second Chance
The RTFH recently housed a transitional-aged youth who is also a parent, Sierra, who was eager to share her story about how having a Housing Navigator played an instrumental role in helping her obtain housing. Housing Navigators throughout the community are a critical piece in providing that extra piece of assistance homeless folks need to obtain housing. Their support and encouragement is pivotal in helping end homelessness for folks throughout the San Diego region. Below is Sierra's story, in her words:
I want to first and foremost start my story off by saying that I am forever grateful for the my Housing Navigator, JennaMarie, who assisted me throughout my journey into finding housing. She was there for all my trials and tribulations, and without her this would have been impossible. Ever since I first met JennaMarie she tried her absolute best to help me and understand my circumstance. Her desire to help me has always been genuine, and because of her support I am now in a much better place in my life. Because of her I am now able to provide housing for my son, which is such a great feeling.
When I was struggling with stability, it affected everything in my life so drastically. Without stability, every little thing took a huge toll on me and I constantly felt limited. It was as if I could only accomplish tiny things that meant very little. Since moving into my own place, it has immediately opened new doors for a better life for both my son and I. Now I am able to focus on raising him instead of worrying about how many days left we have in a shelter or how long I can stay with a relative or friend.
Because of JennaMarie and her desire to help people like me living on the street, I now living in my own two bedroom apartment with my son. I can't thank her enough for touching my life with her generosity and compassion. She is an amazing person who I will never forget. Thank you you from the bottom of my heart!