“The Carrie Simon House provided me with shelter, guidance, and hope that everything would be ok.”
In the same week, I found out I was losing my job, my apartment, and that I was pregnant. I did not know what I was going to do. I attended child care classes regularly. I searched and searched for jobs, but no one would hire a pregnant woman. A good friend helped me out during my pregnancy, but I could not live there permanently. I tried to find housing, but due to certain restrictions here, and no space there, it was one no after another. The social worker at the child care class found the Carrie Simon House number and called it. Yes! They had an available room. It was all uphill from there.
The Carrie Simon House provided me with shelter, guidance, and hope that everything would be ok. Nell, the former Carrie Simon House chair, believed in me from the beginning. Her inviting smile and caring nature made me feel special and safe. Jeanine, the former case manager, cared about the women and wanted us all to succeed. When I first got to the house, I was so mentally drained from the previous year, that I had fallen into a depression. I did not know if I was coming or going. My mentor JoAnn took her time to listen to me. She talked to me, and helped me realize what was truly important. Her favorite motto was "just do it!!" For some reason, it stuck with me from that point on. The Carrie Simon House is not just a place. They truly care, and it is felt in the heart.
I say to current and future residents- whatever trials or tribulations you have endured that led you to being at the Carrie Simon House - I invite you to leave it at the door. You have walked into a loving and supportive family. Stay positive, even in the face of adversity. I won’t say the road is easy, but it will be worth it in the end.
I am very proud to say that I will be celebrating seven years of employment at my job next February. I am happily married to a wonderful man who is my best friend. We also take pride in being first time home buyers.