“I don’t have a fear of being homeless anymore because of Martha’s Village & Kitchen.”
Ryan and Heather lost their home in Hemet along with all of their belongings. Ryan had a serious injury when loading a car to tow on the freeway. He had several surgeries that made him disabled and unable to work. Along with their 3 kids, the family was living in a hotel or where they could find shelter. One day while Ryan was searching for shelters, he came across Martha’s Village & Kitchen. He spoke to staff, explained their situation, and the staff member informed him that they had a place to stay at MVK.
Ryan and Heather gathered the kids and what little belongings that they had and jumped on a 9 hour bus ride from San Bernardino to Indio, showing up at 10:30pm. An MVK Residential staff member, Rosalinda, welcomed them and guided the family to their room.
“I was still scared, I was scared that something was going to happen and they were going to tell us that they didn’t have a place for us after all. Even though we were here, with beds and sheets, I couldn’t rest,” said Heather. “I thought I was going to wake up and they were going to say something went wrong and that I had to leave. That fear has subsided because I have been told over and over that we will not leave until we have jobs and a home to go to.”
Since being here, Ryan and Heather have both utilized MVK’s Career and Education department and all the other resources we have to offer. Ryan received a full time job in construction and Heather is on her way to a second interview. Amazing things are happening for this family with all their hard work and efforts.
“The fear has finally left. Even if we left now, we would be ok now because of MVK. I am able to keep my family together. I can’t explain the joy and safety I feel.” Heather R.