“In the beginning, I was full of fear, questions and self-doubt,” Veronica* recalls. She remembers a time when she would cry every day. Today, this mom of two has changed dramatically, becoming a confident, capable person who sets and accomplishes goals, and knows how to solve problems.
Before she found her way to Fellowship Housing, she and her children “bounced around a lot” and had lived ten different places in four years. But now, Veronica owns her own home, and “my kids have the stability I always wanted to give them. I’m a work in progress, I’m figuring it out, but I’m able to be confident because of what I learned.”
Your support for Fellowship provided Veronica with one-on-one mentoring from a family advocate, who coached her on problem-solving skills, budgeting and more. She also found friendships with other moms and their kids, strengthening that essential network of support. While in the program, Veronica paid off $1771 in debt, saved $20,000, and increased her credit score by 38 points. Because of the investment donors have made in Fellowship, her life has been transformed. She feels empowered, not just by meeting her financial goals, but by her growing ability to figure things out.
“I learned a lot about how to find different options,” she said. “Instead of feeling defeated or giving up, I know how to keep pushing through, keep asking questions.”
For example, right now, Veronica is driving a car she received through the Cars Ministry at Willow Creek Community Church while she was in the program. It now needs repairs to the brakes, and new tires as well. She’s doing research on whether it’s better to repair or replace it, how to fund either of those options, what the best way to solve her problem is. “The old me would never have checked into so many things,” she said. “I’ve learned a lot about persistence.”
In addition to more self-confidence and problem-solving skills, Veronica is also very thankful for the friendships she made with other moms while in the Fellowship program.
“I cannot say enough good things about Veronica! She transformed in so many ways throughout her time at Fellowship,” says Lauren Wiens, Fellowship Associate Director. Lauren served as Veronica’s Family Advocate for part of her time in the program. “I saw her become more confident in herself and her abilities, and become more confident in who she is as a mom. She worked incredibly hard and made difficult choices to get her budget as tight as possible so that she could save $20,000. By the time she completed the program, I noticed that bumps in the road that may have caused her anxiety before seemed not only manageable, but could be overcome. She had such a teachable spirit and was willing to learn new skills, and I believe that is part of the reason she had so much success while at Fellowship!”
Veronica is currently working and going to school to earn a degree while still taking care of her two young children—something she thinks she would never have been able to manage a few years ago.
Veronica would never have been able to make these amazing changes in her life, and provided a stable home for her children, without a hand up from Fellowship. You can make a difference for moms like her by donating today. Thank you!