Barbara had always worked and supported herself. She held a variety of office jobs, until she was laid off during the economic downturn. She was unable to find another job, and when her unemployment ran out, she found herself homeless. She then came to Pine Street’s women’s shelter, where she stayed for a year, working closely with a housing advocate. Then a room became available one of Pine Street’s residences. Barbara moved in the next day.
“I really appreciate all kinds of little things you don’t have to think about when you have a place to live. I am so happy to be able to think about my future now,” says Barbara.