It all started on a Greyhound from Michigan to California…
Christian’s journey started on a Greyhound bus in route from Michigan to California. When Christian found out a family member living in the desert had an unhealthy living situation, a four-day bus ride wasn’t going to stop Christian and her family from reaching the Coachella Valley to help out. After less than two weeks in California, the family found themselves homeless and in need of a place to stay.
Christian and eight other family members arrived at Martha’s seeking shelter, comfort and a new beginning. The family was immediately housed in the chapel for the weekend until residential rooms became available. Christian, being a young adult with no children, was turned away from most shelters and not allowed to stay with the rest of the family. Christian shared with us that Martha’s was the only shelter that worked to keep the family together, offering her a room on the “single side” and family rooms for the rest of the group. The family was able to stick together, have meals together, and work together on establishing a better life.
Christian’s Bright Future
Before Martha’s, Christian had very little work experience. With the help of her case manager and Career and Education services at Martha’s, Christian was offered a full-time housekeeping position at a local resort. After one month on the job, Christian was offered benefits and given two buildings at the resort to manage. When asked if Christian likes her job, Christian answered, “I love it.”
“She has come a long way and has shown huge progress. She is doing very well,” said Alina, Christian’s case manager.
The family is currently searching for housing of their own and look forward to a stable and successful life here in the desert.