Melina, Housing Client

“We were homeless, my son and me, and I was unemployed. I left two abusive homes; first to get away from a violent spouse then a threatening situation while staying with a family member. ¬†Things felt so hopeless and I was embarrassed about our situation. I tried looking for work, but I was pregnant when I left my husband which made it difficult to get hired anywhere. After my baby was born I started coming to The Whole Child.


Together we worked as a team.  They helped us find a homeless shelter, get a housing voucher, and find an apartment. I looked for the apartment and The Whole Child helped with the deposit. It was tough in the beginning but The Whole Child staff was very helpful and caring.


Today, I am working full-time and have been living in the apartment with my boys for two years now. I recently paid off my student loans, and I am debt free! I look forward to an exciting future watching my boys grow up in a peaceful home. The Whole Child has shown me that there is beauty in the struggle.