For eight months Bree lived out of her small car, having no place to call home. On many cold nights, Bree would sleep in two sleeping bags, a winter coat and long johns and wait for the warm public buildings to open up in the morning. On cold evenings she found herself sitting in a McDonald’s for the sole purpose of escaping the cold. Little things like finding bathroom and showers- basic needs that many take for granted, were difficult and became huge barriers for Bree’s progression out of homelessness.Not only that, but a constant fear for her safety while living on the streets as a woman was a setback that had serious psychological effects.
“It was so hard to get back to normal, but NMSH was able to help me regain stability”It was organizations like NMSH that worked to assist her and make sure her needs were met. Bree was able to receive the help and services she needed to get back on her feet and obtain affordable, permanent housing. She discovered that being homeless (even for a brief period of time) made it difficult to acquire the basic necessities that those with housing require. Bree added, “it was so hard to get back to normal, but NMSH was able to help me regain stability.”
Today, Bree is stably housed and working on owning and operating a cherry stand. She is busy experimenting in her kitchen to find jam and jelly products to sell, and wishes to team up with local farmers to offer their products. With gratitude and a renewed understanding, Bree hopes to create employment for others who have suffered disabilities and set backs in their lives, “I am at a point where I can help myself, and hopefully help other people,” Bree shared. Transformations like Bree’s are not uncommon for individuals and families in NMSH housing, but each one is a victory and a pleasure.