Client Story: Tracey

Thanks to your support, Tracey and her family no longer sleep on air mattresses or eat family dinners on the floor.

After living in hotels and in a homeless shelter for 18 months, Tracey now has her own apartment and a new job. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tracey’s job, like so many others, is in jeopardy.

Prior to being homeless, Tracey gave up her apartment after her mother died and moved to Norway to be with her Norwegian husband, Olaf.

Tracey lived in Norway with her two youngest children, now ages 16 and 14, for a year and applied for dual citizenship. When Norway rejected her application, she moved back to the United States with her husband and children.

During their search for work, the newlyweds had stayed in several hotels and used up their savings.

“We could not continue to pay for hotels and save enough money for an apartment at the same time,” Tracey said. “We couldn’t believe how much prices went up on apartments, so we ended up homeless.”

After the couple ran out of money, they stayed at a homeless shelter for almost a year. The Coalition for the Homeless paid the first month’s rent and deposits for the family to obtain an apartment once they found employment.

The family had lived in an empty apartment for a month and was referred to The Mustard Seed for furniture assistance by the Coalition.

“We didn’t have any furniture or chairs. Nothing,” Tracey said. “We were eating on the floor off paper plates. To get some help really makes me feel good that I can have two feet to stand on and someone to help me build on that.”

Client Story: Alphonso

Alphonso, 67, ended up homeless after serving two tours in the Vietnam War. He lived on the streets and turned to alcohol to help mask his uncomfortable circumstances, he said. After receiving housing assistance from Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) and home furnishings from The Mus…

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Client Story: Dewayne

Dwayne, who served in the Army for 4 ½ years, said he’s spent much of his adulthood in unstable situations, but thanks to YOUR SUPPORT, he’s hoping his future is brighter. “I have lived in six different states,” the 31-year-old said. “I’ve never been able to stay in one place for two y…

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Client Story: Richard

Richard, a Navy veteran, along with his wife, Holly, and daughter, Ariel, found themselves homeless after the owner of the house they rented decided to sell it. The timing couldn’t have been worse. Richard injured his back and knee in the Navy and needs surgery. The pain is unbearable and makes …

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