“I’m not sure how I’m doing it without Solid Ground, but I am! I’m doing great!” – Maria, a single mother of two, successfully transitioned out of the HomeAgain program earlier this year.
Recently divorced, Maria struggled to find housing that she could afford in Washington County. Her lack of credit created an unexpected barrier and she moved with her two teenagers into St. Andrew’s Family Shelter. While at St. Andrews, Maria was connected to Solid Ground. “When you’re in shelter,” she recalls, “you can’t think straight. You’re in a survival mode and your reality works differently. The ladies at Solid Ground were excellent brainstormers. It was nice having people to help me focus.”
With the help of a Housing Navigator, Maria found the perfect apartment for her family. Solid Ground’s Education and Employment Coordinator worked closely with Maria to find a job that allowed her to be home with her son who struggles with a severe medical condition. The Children’s Services Specialist provided Maria with community resource and moral support; “She was my number one cheerleader,” Maria recalls.
Maria successfully transitioned out of the HomeAgain program earlier this year. She remains in her home and is now able to cover the rent on her own. In addition to providing economic and housing stability for her children, Maria just celebrated three years of sobriety. “I’m doing it!” Maria proudly exclaims. “I’m really doing it!”