I was in a bad moped accident that left me unable to return to my job at Home Depot. I was bed ridden for nearly a year, and I became homeless once all my resources ran dry.

A friend from my church linked me up a woman that worked at the Friendly Place. I was homeless for only a month before I was taken in at the West Hawaii Shelter. They gave me sanctuary from the world when I needed help and provided a safe place to sleep and rest so I could make it while on the streets during the day. I’ve also met wonderful new friends who live or work at HOPE Services. I’ve been through ups and downs, depressed, angry and sad…crisis situations that I’ve found myself in for the first time in my life. But HOPE has been able to connect me to needed resources and provided help in the form of a place to sleep and retreat. A closed door and much needed privacy to re-charge my battery to deal with my circumstances.

I had many surgeries in the year after my accident and had so much healing to do. I’ve made it through tough times while living at the HOPE shelter, been at difficult crossroads and made a lot of progress towards new goals in my life. My goal is a place to call home! I want a safe and secure home for me and my service dog and I also look forward to doing volunteer work. I now have disability income and I have excitement and hope for my next adventure in life…one with a kitchen to cook and a place to play with my dog!