The first thing I wanted to do was get a job. But the case manager told me that I needed to go to the emergency room to take care of the gash on my face that my friend had provided as a going away gift. It was clear that she really cared about my wellbeing. Then she sent me to the job coach so he could assist me in developing a resume and to brush up on my computer skills. I followed her advice to the best of my ability and after the 6 weeks allowed at the emergency shelter, was able to go on to the transitional shelter. This allowed me more time to work and save money so I could get my own place.
Today I have my own apartment, a job that I love and a cat as a companion. I have fond memories of the kindness I received while at the shelter. If it were not for Good Shepherd Center and the direction and love that they showed me, I would have ended up on Skid Row or sleeping in a park somewhere. I have a couple friends that I met at the shelter and we have a built in support system and somewhere to turn when times get tough. I am really grateful for the lady with the kleenex and her persistence that I make the call to Good Shepherd.