Home :: Success Stories :: Rebecca - getting your own place
The following is a statement given to case manager Angel Bruno-Castro.
In January of 2002, I had to move from San Francisco to East Palo Alto. I continued to commute to San Francisco for my job. In August of 2002, I lost my job and moved into the Spring Street Shelter that same month. During my time at the shelter, I kept myself busy with my music, crocheting, and looking for a place to live. I was getting assistance in my search for housing from the Fair Oaks location, but I saw an ad in the "Palo Alto Weekender" for a room for rent. After many calls, a lengthy interview, and a deposit (which I was able to save for while I was living at Spring Street), I found my current housing. I rent a lovely room, in a home with my landlord and two other women. I have full house rights and even have a roommate named 'Wicca'. Wicca is my cat, which many mistake as a dog, she comes to me when I call her and sits on my lap.
When I moved into my room in October of 2002, I went to VRS for help with a job. I started working at "Super Math," a program that helps children from ages 4 to 15. I was able to brush up on my clerical and data entry skills. I had a great time assembling test and homework books for the students who attended. I worked there until April of 2004.
In April of 2004, I started working as an administrative assistant. I love my part time job. I coordinate my boss' schedule, and his communication. I also assist with the monthly calendar.
I am very proud of my recovery and am so thankful for all the help I received from the MHA.