When we met Teresa she was severely traumatized after experiencing homelessness. She had worked her whole life and due to severe, drug-resistant depression, she found herself without a job and no place to live.
“I’ve had so many jobs in my life. I’ve worked since I was 15, I’ve been on my own since I was 17, I’ve always had a job.” Her situation was incredibly difficult to process.
She was admitted into the Transitional Living Program (TLP) and upon arrival rated herself a 0 out of 10. She struggled to make eye contact with anyone, and due to anxiety and depression could barely complete the smallest task.
Through constant support and coaching from the Love INC staff, Teresa began to see changes both inside and out.
She started walking outside most days, applying for jobs and going to Relational Ministry and other community classes to interact with other people in our community going through similar situations.
Cooking, completing house chores and yard work became a regular activity. She started to volunteer at local service agencies while looking for work. Our Transitional Living Coach even commented “Teresa is looking the best she has since arriving here almost 10 months ago. She is on task and engaged!”
The most exciting (among many) moment came when Teresa was hired at a service agency to be a resource advocate for Homeless and Housing!
“God has put me in a position to be a resource advocate for homeless and housing! Getting me back out in the workforce in something that is just right there, I’m in it, I can relate. And putting me with people just like me! I’ve walked in their shoes, I’m still in their shoes, I understand completely.”
After working for several months, Teresa was able to save enough money to move into next step housing at the Hillside Inn. She is paying rent and thriving!
Teresa is just another example of God’s incredible transforming power. Just one look at Teresa and you would know that she is a new person, inside and out.
“Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” – Ezekiel 36:26