Released 26 February 2013
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For Anesha, it was a place to call home for her and her three small children until she could save enough money to move back to her native country and rent a home. For Kim, it is an opportunity to save enough money to pay off court costs and find an affordable apartment.
For 60-year old Dianna, Compassion House was more than a place to sleep, it was a place to regain her self-esteem, find employment, find affordable housing - and even "pay it forward" for others in need. And for Amy, a single mother of an active 15 month old who has difficulties communicating, listening and concentrating, it's a chance to learn how to juggle the roles of single mom, student (as she works toward her GED), and single wage earner.
These are just four of the 36 women who found their way to Compassion House during our first year of providing safe shelter for homeless single women and women with children.
A decade-long dream of The Salvation Army and the Women's Auxiliary, Compassion House opened in late February of 2012. Since opening, we have provided shelter for 36 women and 23 children. Approximately 60% of the residents have since found alternative permanent housing or have qualified to stay longer at Compassion House. All have attended life-skills classes and all have had access to basic healthcare through the Visiting Nurse Association and other referrals. And approximately 60% have found either full-time or part-time employment, with that number skyrocketing to 100% during the Christmas holidays.
It's been a year full of successes and challenges, hopes fulfilled and dreams realized, thanks in large part to our generous friends, partners, donors and Women's Auxiliary members. Thank you, everyone!