Debbie had been through her share of struggles before she moved to Bishop Sullivan Residence, one of two permanent supportive housing sites in Brooklyn. In the space of a few years, Debbie had lost her mother, her marriage, and her home. A deep depression set in, and she could see no way out of homelessness.
Today Debbie is finding her footing at Sullivan Residence, with ongoing involvement of on-site clinical and case management staff. “Everyone has been so nice,” she said. “They help with budgeting, medical issues, counseling, referrals, whatever you need.” Debbie also worked with a volunteer tutor for several months to prepare for her GED test. “She was very patient and sweet,” she said. “We still keep in touch.” Over the summer, Debbie even got very involved with a community garden across the street, growing everything from onions to lavender.
Debbie’s time at Providence House has been a journey from isolation and depression to community, stability, and hope. You make such journeys possible for almost 100 people in our supportive housing sites.
Krystale was an 18-year-old mom with little savings and few supports when her apartment was flooded—then looted—in Hurricane Sandy. Forced into the homeless shelter system, she was placed at Providence House.
Though she’d lost much, Krystale was hardworking and motivated. Soon after she arrived, our housing specialist Natasha started working closely with her. “Natasha would meet up with me and we would also have lunch,” she said, “and that was so good for me.” Natasha was there every step of the way, offering guidance and expertise as Krystale scouted apartments, checked out school districts, and made appointments with landlords.
In just two months, Krystale’s family was snug in a new apartment. “Just having the team that was working with me made it good. They made me feel like I was safe, and I appreciate that so much,” she said. We are grateful for the time she and her kids spent with us, and they are grateful to you for standing by them through a difficult time.
After her apartment building failed an inspection five years ago, Shellyann’s troubles snowballed. She spent long hours and much of her savings in housing court, only to be evicted ultimately. She lost her job soon after, and began cycling in and out of shelters.
Shellyann came to one of our transitional shelters after discovering she was pregnant and high-risk. She was full of doubts and fears, but our staff listened and reassured her. “They told me that it would be alright,” she said, “and that all of us are like a family here. That’s been so true.”
Her baby is now three months old and thriving. Shellyann has begun meeting with our job developer, Robin, to plan and set employment goals, prepare a resume, and start looking for a job. “I think of some of the girls here, who have come a long way,” she said. “They inspire me. And I think to myself, if they can do it, I can do it.”
Your support creates the safe, supportive, and encouraging environment where women like Shellyann can succeed. Please help this work continue!