“It’s like having a giant family!”
Rachel and her children were living with the kids’ dad in Lemon Grove, east of San Diego. “I was having a tough time with their dad,” Rachel says, “and he moved out.” The family stayed with a friend for a while, but they couldn’t help with the rent and were asked to leave.
Rachel went to her pastor for help to try and find low-income housing, but nothing was affordable. With her options running out, she finally found our Nueva Vida Haven emergency shelter and was here every night for several weeks.
The staff talked to Rachel about joining the residential recovery program at our Women and Children’s Center, but she was “stubborn.” “I wanted my freedom,” she says. So she and the children moved to another family center, but the maximum stay time was just four months, and in the end, they returned to the Rescue Mission and Rachel entered the program.
Now, instead of worrying constantly about how she is going to care for her children…struggling to support them, feed them and keep them sheltered, Rachel can concentrate on finding the healing she needs to straighten out her own life and raise her children.
The kids love it at the Rescue Mission, and Rachel has been able to work on some of the problems that have kept her from getting her family back on its feet and bringing some hope back into their lives!
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