Brenda’s family was sharing an apartment with another family. The roommate is in a domestic violence relationship and Brenda left for the safety of the family. NVH is providing a safe environment until they transition to a program.
Kathy is needing to relocate to her hometown out of state. NVH is providing shelter while she makes arrangements to return home.
Karen is chronically homeless. She has come to NVH during the winter months. Karen is now considering applying to WCC program.
Harriet is working as medical assistant at a hospital. She has 4 children that she supports solely on her own. NVH is providing shelter so that this mother can keep her employment and work toward being self sufficient.
Laura is expecting a baby soon and has her other children with her in NVH. The family left an apartment because the roommate was using drugs. NVH is providing a safe and sober environment for the family.
Hanna is here with 4 children. Before coming to NVH the family was sleeping in a car with the father. The car was parked in the park and the weather elements were causing illness with the children. NVH has provided a warm bed to sleep each night while they wait for funding to relocate out of state.
Lane is homeless for the first time. NVH has provided a safe environment while she seeks employment and finding long transition shelter.
Angela is a veteran of the military. NVH is providing a safe environment while she waits to transition to veteran housing.
Donna is elderly and would be sleeping on the streets. NVH is providing housing while she waits to transition to senior housing.
Terry was diagnosed with cancer. NVH has provided her the time needed to get medical treatment that she needs.
Kerry is a return client with her daughter. The mother is unable to be self sufficient for the family. NVH has provided shelter for the family while she waits to transition to another shelter. NVH staff is encouraging the family to go to WCC.
Laura is the victim of domestic violence. NVH has provided a safe environment and therapy while she waits to transition to another shelter.
Linda is challenged with mental health problems. NVH provides support in trying to get her to seek services such as therapy and possible medication if appropriate.
Cindy is trying to relocate from out of state. She is also a victim of domestic violence and is relocating to start over. NVH has provided shelter and safety that this family needs right now.
Melanie is a senior citizen. There is no family or friends to help her with housing. NVH provides a safe bed and she likes being around the other clients in the evening. NVH has been a surrogate family for her.
Where would you be tonight if you were not here at the emergency shelter?
“In a campsite out of doors or on the streets afraid to actually sleep.”
“I would be sleeping in my car, parked in the street with my 5 kids.”
“In a bad place, maybe on the street, scared, depressed.”
“…most likely back at the San Diego airport to sleep.”
“Me and my 3 children would be on the sidewalk sleeping on the street.”
What about the emergency shelter are you most grateful for?
“The dinners and breakfasts as well as a place to shower and attend to grooming inside so that I can face the day of job interviews and appointments with a positive point of view.”
“Giving us a bed, blankets, personal items, a place to take a shower, food…”
“…feeling hope. Knowing that people care.”
“That they took me in when I had nowhere to go…”
“I’m most grateful for having a clean safe place for me and my family to stay and that we can all be together as a family so I can concentrate on my studies and look for work.”
“I am grateful that we are under a roof and we have a bed and blankets. My kids feel safe…”
“The hot meals and a warm place for me and my children to lay our heads.”
“The compassionate treatment I get from the staff and volunteers – they’re the best!”
“To have somewhere to lay my head (me and my baby).”
What would you like to tell people who give money to the Mission?
“Thank you for your generous hearts and pocketbooks! That your gifts are truly helping those that find themselves on the streets back into self-sufficiency.”
“Thank you… My family really appreciates your help and praise God for your generosity.”
“… I got ‘jumped’…it made the world of a difference that I had a safe place to go…thank you!”
“I would first thank them for having the compassion in their heart to help the homeless. And I would tell them how much NVH has helped me and my family and how great the staff have been to me…being here is giving me the time I need to get back on my feet.”
“That they will never truly understand what a HUGE difference they are making in our lives.”
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