Client Stories

Rosaura

[image_frame style=”framed_shadow” align=”center” height=”265″ width=”600″]http://www.headinghomeinc.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Rosaura.jpg[/image_frame] After her husband left, Rosaura was faced with having to support her two school-age sons as a single mother. Struggling to get a job because she wasn’t fully fluent in English, it became harder and harder for Rosaura to afford rent. Eventually, Rosaura and her sons lost their home. After being placed in temporary housing, Rosaura was referred to Heading Home. As her son Manuel said, “This is when our lives began to turnaround.” Through their Heading Home case manager support and guidance, Rosaura enrolled in the Heading Home Partnership which provides an accelerated pathway out of homelessness, [pullquote3 align=”left” textColor=”#9f4f83″]After being placed in temporary housing, Rosaura was referred to Heading Home. As her son Manuel said, “This is when our lives began to turnaround.”[/pullquote3] and toward self-sufficiency. In order to strengthen her job skills, Rosaura enrolled in job training at Roxbury Community College along with ESOL classes. After four months, Rosaura and her sons moved from their temporary home to a permanent home in Dorchester, close to where Manuel and Luis were attending school. Thanks to Heading Home’s signature volunteer program Up & Out, a group of volunteers decorated and furnished their new home. Since their move, Rosaura is studying to become a home health aide and she is actively saving every month. With every step of the way, she is amazed with what she can learn, what she can achieve, what Heading Home can help her achieve – and this makes her want to achieve even more – for herself and her family.

Priscilla

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Leaving a bad experience in another city behind, Priscilla and her three young children came to Boston for their fresh start. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, Priscilla’s family found themselves homeless. Shortly after being referred to Heading Home, Priscilla and her family were swiftly placed in one of our temporary housing units. Working with her case manager, the family’s immediate needs were addressed, including child care, the children’s access [pullquote3 align=”right” textColor=”#9f4f83″]Pricilla is currently pursuing a nursing degree from Lincoln Technical Institute and is on-track to graduate
in late 2011.[/pullquote3] to school and transportation. As a result of several positive steps in her work, skills and savings, Priscilla recently secured permanent housing for her family in Roxbury. Pricilla is currently pursuing a nursing degree from Lincoln Technical Institute and is on-track to graduate in late 2011.In the meantime, she has secured fulltime employment as an advocate for homeless families with disabled children.As someone who never thought she would be without a home, she has embraced – and accelerated with – the resources and support Heading Home has provided her with to get back on track again.