“The reality is it can happen to anyone. You can lose everything.” These are the words of Linda, who arrived at The Cathedral Center, a United Way-funded emergency shelter for women, after she became homeless due to a long stretch of unemployment. Even though she had an associate’s degree and a long work history, Linda was unable to find a job. “I thought I would get hired at some point,” Linda recalls. “I had a savings, I had income and I had a home but I went through it so fast —and then I had nowhere to go.”

But one thing Linda did have was hope. She was determined to get two things: a job and her own apartment. “No one ever plans to be homeless, and it was tough to be in that situation. But I focused on my goals and used The Cathedral Center as a resource to help me get back on track.”

She soon found a new job and an apartment became available in a transitional housing program. Because she now had income, Linda was eligible to apply for housing and was able to move into her own apartment. Now, Linda is on a new path and is in permanent housing which she describes as “beautiful.”

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