A young mother’s story

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I returned home to Northern California in 2008 with my four children, so afraid and so desperate. My van broke down right in front of the Wallace House Shelter. Some might call this divine intervention. I only knew I had no money, prospects, and almost no hope.

With the assistance of Wallace House, I was able to pull myself (and my children) up and out of the vicious cycle of homelessness, addiction and mental illness. I was not only given a safe warm place to live; I was pointed in the right direction for mental health services, and introduced to a life-changing 12-Step recovery program. This help enabled me to move up, and forward with life goals. Now I live with my children in a safe home in a loving community; attending college and clean and sober for the first time.

I truly believe the whole person/family approach was what we needed. Wallace House made me and my children feel more than just a name on an application. The compassion and competent assistance I received, is what inspired me to give back to the community. I owe my life and children’s well-being to Wallace House. Giving back to others has been essential to our recovery. Thank you Wallace House, I could not have done it without your help.”

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