They enjoy hiking, going to the park, and craft projects on rainy days. They find peace in everyday life. But, it wasn’t always like this. Two years ago, Amanda was just surviving in what she called an unhealthy relationship. She was suffering from emotional and physical pain. And, for too long, she remembers feeling alone and isolated, unable to see her own light amidst the dark shadows surrounding her relationship.


I remember while living in my sister’s basement, my mom and dad came for what seemed an innocent visit. We sat at the kitchen table. My mom put several thousand dollars on the table and asked if that would buy enough drugs for me to kill myself.

Teresa’s Family

Teresa was stable for her whole life, until she wasn’t. She was happily married and both she and her husband worked, having no trouble paying the rent. But then, her husband of twenty-nine years was diagnosed with cancer and things started to quickly spiral out of control. The prognosis was not good.


As the second oldest in her family, Maria has always taken on the role of caregiver. She never shied away from hard work. Her life hasn’t been without its hardships. Throughout her childhood, her mother battled a substance use disorder. At the age of 12, Maria was put into foster care, where she remained until she aged out at 18.

Darla and Ivan’s Story

Two years ago, Darla and her two boys Ivan, age 8, and Braiden, age 13, were alone in a motel room, hungry and scared, with nowhere to go. Losing her 7-year partner to illness left them defenseless. With no other options, Darla took her children to a homeless shelter.

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