I moved to Orange County from San Francisco with my son who was six at the time and my fiancé of five years when he got a great job offer and we relocated our entire lives here.
Not even two years after moving, our relationship abruptly ended and I found myself homeless with no money. I did not work while we were together because he liked me being at home. So, here I was homeless, no money, no family in the area, no car and a broken heart. I was absolutely lost.
My first challenge was obtaining my own vehicle. A friend sold me one at an extremely fair price and I quickly got a job at Starbucks. My second challenge was feeding myself and my son. I had never used any type of assistance before but I put my pride aside and did what I needed to do.
My third challenge was finding a place to live. No one would rent to me because of my low income. I was desperate. After obtaining emergency housing assistance, I was referred to South County Outreach. I had no clue what to expect. And then I met my case worker. I call her my angel.
I was given the opportunity to start a new life for me and my son. I was given a chance some people can only dream of. South County Outreach helped me become a successful single parent. Through the weekly meetings, workshops, counseling and the absolute love and care of every member of the South County Outreach staff, I am now proud to say I am a success story. If it wasn’t for this help, I wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am now. The reduced rent, the savings plans, the support, the pure honesty of everyone there made me feel like I could accomplish anything.
I can never express enough gratitude for the help, encouragement and kindness South County Outreach showed me in my worst moments. I know this agency saved me and I am 100 percent positive this program will save hundreds of others. I can’t imagine my life if I did not find South County Outreach.
I graduated from the program in July of 2014. I now live in Tustin. I rent a four-bedroom, three-bathroom house. My son is now a thriving almost-9-year-old little boy. He once again laughs and is silly and has friends and a room of his own.
I have successfully graduated a phlebotomy program and am fully supporting my family with no assistance. I have entered into a nursing program and am scheduled to graduate in 2017. None of this would have been possible without South County Outreach.