It wasn’t the first time Tammy had been in a tight spot — she struggled for years to keep her head above water.
As a single mother, much of her life was spent working long hours at low-paying jobs just to make ends meet. But when she became homeless in 2018 — suddenly and without warning — she came straight to Springs Rescue Mission and began the slow, uphill battle of rebuilding her life.
She worked hard to pull herself up, joining work engagement (a program that uses volunteerism to prepare shelter guests to re-enter the workforce), encouraging others and participating in case management.
Her hard work and patience paid off in June, when she was approved for an apartment at Greenway Flats (a 65-unit permanent supportive housing complex for homeless and vulnerable individuals). Her homelessness ended as suddenly as it began. She once again had a home — a place to call her own.
Tammy spoke to us about life’s challenges and blessings, as well as the importance of faith and perseverance.
What was it like to become homeless?
It was actually the first time I had been in the homeless position. We came straight to the Mission and I was very scared. But with some help, we made it through.
I had a roof over my head and food in my stomach. It’s not an easy thing, but it’s all what you make it. Work engagement gave me something to look forward to every morning. It was good to help out.
How did you feel when you found out you were approved for Greenway Flats?
I cried for two days. When I signed the lease and they put those keys in my hand, I didn’t believe it was real. But now I can honestly say I have a home. It’s real, and I thank God every day that we have it.
What advice would you give to people experiencing homelessness right now?
Don’t let anyone tell you it’s easy, because it’s rough. But if you pick your head up, push forward, work hard and trust in God, you’ll make it. You’ll make it.
What’s something you love to do?
I love bowling. I just think it’s so much fun. It’s been awhile, but I was on a team when I was younger.
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