Mary Gets Her Own Apartment
Mary first came to Baltimore in October 2009 in search of employment. Unable to find a job and in need of a place to live, Mary arrived at My Sister’s Place Women’s Center. The welcoming staff helped her find a bed at a local evening shelter. They also worked with her to apply for and secure food stamps.
Mary continued to come to the Women’s Center to receive an array of services including meals, job readiness training, the Turn Around workshop on relationships and empowering women, and Smiles for Success, which is a partnership with Maryland Dental School. She entered the Job Readiness program at MSPWC and helped plan the Center’s First Anniversary Celebrations.
In December of 2009, Mary spoke at a fundraiser at the Women’s Center where she explained, “There is a new face of homelessness. Many believe a person who is homeless is, or was, a drug addict, alcoholic or involved in prostitution. This is not true. I am living proof of that. I lost my job and due to these hard times and everything else fell apart. Luckily, I found My Sister’s Place Women’s Center who could help me back on my feet and encouraged me to continue to work hard for housing and my job search.”
Although it has been a long road, Mary recently received funding through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for her own apartment. She was hired by the Census and recently finished her temporary position with them. She continues to come to the Center for support and is currently working hard on her job search. She has applied for several jobs and has three interviews set for potential positions. Mary also keeps busy by volunteering at her church.
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