Jennifer was desperately trying to balance life as a single mother with two young daughters while in her addiction. “I was a broken woman; I drank an entire bottle of wine causing my second daughter to come two months early. I was so afraid she would be taken away from me, or she would have birth defects, but I couldn’t control myself.”
Her husband had moved on to another family. Feeling discarded, her addiction grew, and caring for her daughters became more difficult. Jennifer knew they could not survive without help, and she longed for the feeling of hope and connectedness.
Jennifer became a resident at Village of Hope, giving her a hand up to build a stable life and improve the well-being of her family. She graduated from Village of Hope with a secure career at an optometrist’s office. For the first time in her life, she had money in her account, and her family could have a home of their own.
After years of dysfunction, it was important that Jennifer have a transitional step that would support her new, healthy way of living. She continued her journey by moving into Hope Family Housing in Buena Park. Jennifer is now working, paying rent and providing a life for her daughters – something she never thought could be possible. “Being at Hope Family Housing allows me the continued support of a community and case manager to teach me how to live independently.” Hope Family Housing is the supportive bridge from a life of turmoil to a life of sustainable self-sufficiency.
Jennifer has learned self-discipline while living in the Hope Family Housing community, and for that, she is forever grateful. “I no longer feel I live in isolation or depression. Living here gives me the community and support I need to live a life on track for the Lord and my daughters.”