For Ms. J, her life before coming to Mission25 was, “scattered, with no direction and was stuck.” Ms. J completed her 10-month individualized journey through Mission25 on March 28, 2018. She and her infant son moved into their very own apartment – she has never lived on her own. When she was asked how her life changed while at the shelter, she said, “I have more direction and a clearer path. I don’t feel so alone and I have more confidence; I feel like I can do it. I have been able to build relationships and I simply have a peace of mind.” When Ms. J was asked how she will continue to grow as an individual while on her own, she states, “I will keep up with my therapy, continue working and make the house my home.” Ms. J
“Hello, my name is Jeanie and I have been here at the shelter since July 2017. Before I came here, I was with a guy who was very mentally, emotionally and physically abusive. I attempted suicide several times and had been in and out of a mental health facilities to numb the pain – all before coming here. Since I have arrived at the shelter, I have realized and experienced that people do care. I secured employment right away (currently working 2 jobs), have been able to get my car fixed and running, and I am currently saving money for my own place, which I hope to be in by this spring. The staff at Mission25 have really helped me to see that I am a strong person and that I deserve to be loved in the right way. I have experienced some trials while at the shelter. Sadly, my mom passed away while I have been here, but I have received the love and support I need from the staff and those I share this space with. Today, I am thankful that Mission25 has allowed me to be a part of this program. I am better today than when I came in.” Jeanie
In July 2017, a single mom with five children came to the shelter from a different shelter from another county (the other shelter was an emergency shelter and she had already extended her stay there). When Ms. S arrived, the family was in chaos and we discovered very quickly that this single mom and her children had been jumping from home/couch to couch for a very long time – never a home to call their own. Ms. S and her children had MANY challenges that consumed their entire family and our staff discovered quickly that her individualized pathway would be extensive and critical.
By the time school started, Ms. S and her family began utilizing several services for mental/behavioral health related challenges. Many supportive services wrapped around this family and by September/October 2017, there were approximately 10 different supportive services meeting with Ms. S and her children. Unfortunately, part of her life story includes the moment when her children were removed from her care and put into foster care just days before Christmas. However, with that said, Ms. S continued to work on her personal challenges so that she could begin having visits with her children.
Along Ms. S’s journey through our Pathway Program, Ms. S was eligible for permanent supportive housing and was able to move into her very own 4-bedroom home in April 2018. Ms. S receives supervised visits with her children and the hope is for reunification of all children with their mom. We now provide outreach services to Ms. S to ensure that she is meeting all expectations of the Division of Children Services and all the supportive services connected with her. We believe Ms. S continues to make great strides in life improvements and self-sufficiency. Ms. S has this to say about her journey through our program, “Someday, I hope to give back to other mothers who have gone through what I have gone through. Mission25 gave me a platform for change that I could not get from society. Mission25 gave me a chance. I think about what people have done for my children and myself, and I know it has put me in a position to find the ways to change and to be better. I am thankful to be a better mother, to be clean and to be a homemaker once again.” Ms. S