Edna and Yvette (names changed) are mother and daughter who were homeless for nearly 20 years. Most nights you could find them sleeping in their pickup truck…
The staff from The Sophia Way got to know them when they started visiting the Bellevue First Congregational Church. They befriended Edna and Yvette, helping to meet their needs and building a relationship. Finally, both agreed to come to The Sophia Way office and were referred to the Landlord Liaison Program, which enabled us to house them in an apartment.
The timing couldn’t have been better, as shortly after they moved in Edna became extremely ill needing hospitalization. Their case manager was with them when Edna’s doctor delivered the news that Edna’s prognosis was not very good…she was not expected to survive. But she surprised everyone! That she had a home to which she could return no doubt contributed to her willingness and eagerness to fight for survival.
Edna now appears healthy and contented. Yvette is focusing on her studies. Given that she is having some difficulty with her math class we are hoping to find a tutor for her. They attend church functions regularly and seem to be very happy in this community. It’s been a remarkable journey for both!