My life took a turn for the worse back in August of 2009. I found myself to be homeless after my father kicked me out of the house for drinking too much and not being responsible. After I was kicked out I stayed with friends night after night, but soon wore out my welcome and literally had no place to go. I was feeling so bad that I admitted myself into a psychiatric hospital for a few days. When it was time to be discharged from the hospital, a nurse referred me to St. Paul's Community Center, where I was welcomed by staff and became a resident of the Shelter.

At this point I felt humiliated and hopeless, but also relieved that I no longer had to sleep on someone else's couch and search for my next meal. My first night at St. Paul's was wonderful. For the first time in many months I got a full night's sleep and woke up to a hot breakfast. Talking to the helpful and caring staff at St. Paul's throughout my first week there, I began to feel some hope. After staying in the Shelter for three months, I was fortunate to be able to move into St. Paul's transitional housing program called The Dwelling Place. My life has changed for the better ever since.

I now have hope, hope for a future, hope I once lost. The staff at The Dwelling Place has worked intensely with me to knock down certain barriers that have been holding me back from succeeding in life. They want me to succeed and to never be homeless again. I am now enrolled at Owens Community College, aspiring to become a registered nurse. I have a part time job, cleaning at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, and I have even been able to purchase a vehicle of my own. Even though I enjoy my part time job at the church, I am also taking classes to get my STNA so I can work in the nursing field while I attend college. None of this would have happened if it weren't for the caring and wonderful staff at St. Paul's and The Dwelling Place. St. Paul's Community Center literally helped save my life. For that, I am ever so grateful!