Margaret was referred to Welcoming Home by Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa. She and her service dog, Bella, have been together for fourteen years. Bella provides Margaret with early warnings about upcoming seizures.
Margaret became homeless about ten years ago when her mother died. In the past, she worked in various service industries, including home care, restaurants, and retail. She also has a strong love of animals and has even trained horses. In the shelter, she was called the dog whisperer. Now that she is settled into a warm and secure home, she would like to volunteer helping with animals.
Margaret feels very blessed to be given this opportunity to have a home of her own. When she arrived and saw her new furnishings she was wowed.
"I never thought it would happen for me. Thank you to everyone for making this dream possible..... I didn't know you would do all this for me. I love the colors - these are my my colors."
Macie and Devin were referred by Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa. The couple were living in Healdsburg when the pandemic began. Shortly after, they lost their jobs in retail management. Unable to make rent, they were evicted. They chose not to ignore the eviction notice and, thinking they would get back on their feet quickly, left their apartment and moved into their car. This was not to be; they have spent the last two years on the streets.
After receiving help from the City of Rohnert Park and Catholic Charities, they are now moving into their own one-bedroom apartment.
They have four boys between them, ranging in age from 10 to 15. The children live with other family members but visit Macie and Devin often.
It is the couple’s hope that getting off the streets will be the change they need to get their lives back on track so that they can rebuild their careers and their relationship with their sons.
Macie and Devin were really excited when they got back and saw their furnished home. They said they were grateful to everyone who had been a part in making this happen..and for everything that has been done for to help them along the way.
Macie said: "I know nothing but great things will come of this!"
Jack was referred to us by Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa. He hasn’t had a solid roof over his head for the last three years; to say that his life has been challenging during this time is an understatement.
He was left in a river after being beaten, lost a truck and trailer when they were towed, and became accustomed to having his belongings stolen.
Living in a tent, Jack was called “the mayor” by others living nearby in similar circumstances because he helped so many people. This kept him busy and feeling productive. He looks forward to finally living in an apartment again with a lock where he, along with his belongings, will be safe.
Hopefully a farm handyman job is in his future. He’s an avid bike rider and enjoys fixing electronics.
Jack was really overwhelmed (in a good way!) with his new home. He said he was nervous all day wondering what it would be like. He especially liked the leather couch, antique bed stands and the Ansel Adams framed print.