Sometimes blessings come in disguise: Tammy's story - Springs Rescue Mission Sometimes blessings come in disguise: Tammy's story - Springs Rescue Mission

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.

What was your experience like at Springs Rescue Mission?

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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1 Comment

  1. Way to go Ms Tammy!! Keep pushing forward. I wish we had known but we moved back to Florida that same year and we were successful! Been off the streets since August 2018 and WE HAVE OUR FAMILY BACK! We have so much to catch up on! You know how to find me!! Hopefully we can come back in a couple years but still stabilizing here too! I am sorry you know what it is like now but you have been blessed and YOU DESERVE IT!! WE miss you very much “Aunt Tammy”!!

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About the Author - Cameron Moix

Cameron Moix is the Content Marketing Coordinator for Springs Rescue Mission. Originally from central Arkansas, he holds a BA in mass communications (print journalism emphasis) from the University of Arkansas - Little Rock. Most of his career has been spent in print journalism, including four years as a reporter for the Colorado Springs Business Journal.