A hand up during tough times

Ten years ago, Bridget packed her belongings and three children – 12, 8, and 4 years old at the time – into her car and moved across the country from Houston, TX to Orlando, FL for a new job she was offered.

While getting acclimated to the new city and searching for housing options, the family of four moved into a hotel – a temporary arrangement, Bridget thought, until they could get their own place.

The cost of the hotel, in addition to the cost of food for four bellies, was too expensive for one paycheck though. Despite being employed full-time, Bridget struggled to keep her family afloat. This was not the life she envisioned for her family.

In search of a solution, Bridget was directed to Coalition for the Homeless’ Women’s Residential and Counseling Center (WRCC), a transitional living program for single women and women with children.

Bridget and her family lived at WRCC for about four months, during which time they created a self-sufficiency plan with their case manager, built a savings account, and had access to a wide variety of tools and resources.

Because of the Coalition’s supporters, WRCC was able to offer Bridget a hand up during tough times. Today, two of her children are in college and the third just started her first year of high school.

“We often talk about our time at WRCC,” Bridget said. “WRCC is a safe environment for kids and the staff truly helps you… If you utilize the resources available, you’ll leave and won’t ever need to go back.”