Stories



Violet


Ms. Violet* came to Carpenter's Shelter in the summer of 2017 after living with a family member for several years. Although Ms. Violet had attempted to resolve the inner struggles holding her back, she could not overcome them before she overstayed he…

Jada


In January 2017, Jada*, her husband, and their children were displaced from their home when their landlord evicted them without warning. Initially, Jada and her husband considered staying at a motel but realized that their available funds wouldn't co…

Sandy


Sandy, a 34-year-old mother of three, entered our shelter in August for her third time in seven years.When she entered the last time, she was again underemployed and not able to maintain housing. Sandy had a tendency to move from job to job trying to…

Linda


Before arriving at Carpenter’s Shelter, single mom Linda* spent two years going from place to place trying to find stable housing. Due to an unstable family situation and a history of bad relationships and domestic violence, Linda had trouble settl…

Jeff


When Jeff* arrived at Carpenter's Shelter, he was working to establish new roots in the community after being incarcerated. Almost immediately after moving into Carpenter's Shelter, Jeff gained full time employment at an auto-body shop. Determined to…