July 12, 2010
My family became OCCHC residents in 2001. My husband and I have 5 children. Prior to coming to OCCHC, we had been through some very hard times that included homelessness, followed by living for two years in a transitional shelter just to get on our feet. Even after making many positive strides in the right direction, chances were very slim that we could afford to live in Orange County and raise our 5 young children on our limited incomes. At the time that we were accepted by OCCHC, I asked if it would be possible for me to return to school. This had always been a dream of mine and I could see it as a way for me to help better support my family, but it seemed unachievable because I had to work full-time and care for my children. We were elated when we heard the answer, "Yes! Yes you can go to school." One reason this was possible was because our rent would be affordable and I didn't have to work full-time, but could instead attend school full-time. Immediately after moving into our apartment I enrolled at community college. Two years later I graduated with a 4.0 gpa and honors and transferred to UCI on a full scholarship. Two years after that I graduated Summa Cum Laude and transferred to CSU Long Beach to pursue my Masters degree. I now work at OCCHC and am able to support my family. We are now looking forward to purchasing a home in the near future and continuing to push forward as we prepare our children for college. We sincerely thank OCCHC for providing our family with hope and a safe home while allowing us to improve our lives. This has made all the difference in where we are today.
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Housing, school, employment, and giving back.
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MY ROLE:Client Served & Received assistance, housing, hope, and found success. Review from Guidestar