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Stories from the families we serve.

We have served many families along their journey to find stability and a place to call home. Read their stories of strength and perseverance below.


May 24, 2021

Peace, Love, and Grandmom

Latoya* and her two grandchildren came to us late in 2020. They had become homeless due to extended family circumstances, as well as the pandemic. Her granddaughter, Zoey, was getting ready to complete her senior year in high school and grandson, Tyler, was getting ready to go to kindergarten in September. The pandemic complicated these […]

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January 14, 2021

In Pursuit of the Goal

Mary’s Franciscan Shelter was fortunate to have a lovely family stay with us due to some unforeseen circumstances. Sam, Renee and Skye (names have been changed) were our first residents in September 2020 after our annual closing and deep cleaning of the shelter. They had encountered some difficult times and needed a chance to get back on […]

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April and Son
May 7, 2020

Home for Christmas

Meet April, who with her son, came to St. Mary’s Shelter hoping to get their lives back on track. April had struggled with addiction for over a decade. When she arrived at St. Mary’s, she had just finished six months in a Rehabilitation Center for families. April’s competence was first recognized at the rehabilitation center […]

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August 9, 2018

Hard Work Pays Off

Tina had a full-time job at a fast food restaurant and she was renting a room with her two children. Everything was going well until her landlord passed away and the house went for foreclosure. She couldn’t afford any other apartment in the area with the limited time and her limited earning. Tina contacted St […]

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June 28, 2016

A Steadfast and Loving Mother

Ms K is St Mary’s Franciscan Shelter’s newest success story. She is in fact her OWN success story as she did all of the work! Ms K was, self admittedly, tired of living on the edge. She knew it wasn’t good for her children to live that life and she knew she wasn’t setting a […]

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