I became homeless when I left home in Kansas to get away from my abusive dad. I came to Seattle to stay with my step-mom’s friend and then got kicked out. I didn’t understand the rules….she never explained them. Sometimes I would just stay with random people. It was very hectic going from place to place. Then I met my ex-boyfriend who dealt drugs, and I lived with him in a hotel room. I was hanging out with a group of people that were bad influences, but I didn’t know how to get away from it. It’s pretty much all I had. I started working as a prostitute because the other girls were doing it, and I felt really bad that I didn’t make any money to contribute for food or rent at the hotel. It was the worst and most depressing thing I have ever been through. I am usually a positive person but I was really depressed.
I found out I was pregnant after my boyfriend went to jail. I left the state to see my mother but ended up coming back and just staying with random people again. I hopped around from 3-4 houses and I always felt bad and guilty about staying with them, and I never knew when they were going to ask me to leave. My girlfriend posted an ad on Craigslist (about me) asking if anyone wanted to help me financially or had any suggestions for a homeless pregnant girl. I heard about Vision House from a man who answered the ad. He gave me a pamphlet on Vision House and a $25 gift card for Fred Meyer.
Vision House has given me a place to come home to, the same place every night. When I came to Vision House I was 9 months pregnant. I came in on a Monday and had my daughter the following Monday. I was so happy to have a home to bring my daughter to. Vision House helped me to cut off the people I didn’t want in my life anymore. I didn’t have to be dependent on them or have to rely on them anymore. They were really negative people.
I have felt really safe at Vision House, and I haven’t felt that in a very long time. My Case Manager has helped me to set goals for my life. We have talked a lot about school, housing and my daughter, and she has kept me focused because sometimes I can procrastinate. She has given me a lot of encouragement and I think my self-esteem is a lot better than it was. I went to school last quarter and now I know I would like to pursue a career in social services. At the same time, I also would like to become a doula.
Thanks to Vision House I was able to secure permanent housing is in Yakima. They helped me get through the complicated application process and apply for section 8. I know I wouldn’t have been able to do it on my own. After I move, I am planning to work part-time and go to school part-time. I am really excited but I am nervous too. I don’t ever plan to be homeless again and glad to have successfully moved forward.