Rachel became homeless at age 15 shortly after she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. She turned to drugs and began living a life on the streets. Then she became pregnant with a baby girl. Her unexpected opportunity to become a mother helped shift her perspective and led her to seek refuge at ACCESS.
ACCESS became Rachel’s way out. The staff helped her find housing and overcome her addictions. Now she feels “like everybody else.” She has a place to live, somewhere she can bring her groceries, somewhere she can pay her bills, a place her daughter can call her own. She is enrolled in beauty school and her daughter enters 3rd grade next year. She feels blessed to have been through the experience. She says, “If you are strong enough to do it, you can do it. Don’t be afraid to try.”
Big or small, every donation to ACCESS and the homeless women and children it serves will be greatly appreciated.