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rose's story:

Rose's journey into homelessness began at age17.

Rose knew her life would change forever when she found out she was pregnant. She had just turned 17, was a high school junior and did not have a care in the world.

But life as she knew it came to a stop. Her parents weren’t ready for such a crisis, and in the midst of trying to do what was best for everyone, Rose was no longer allowed to live at home. This launched Rose into her journey of homelessness that lasted for more than a year.

“I lived just about everywhere. I moved in with my then-boyfriend’s mother, and from there we went couch surfing from place to place, sleeping on the ground, in apartments with no electricity and other bad situations. I couldn’t believe how quickly my life had changed.”

The day Rose delivered her sweet son Desean, she still had not found anywhere stable to live. Rose, her then-boyfriend and son moved into a shelter in Kent and eventually moved into transitional housing.

“It seemed like everything was starting to look up: We had our own place, we were getting settled,” Rose said. “But I was wrong.”

Around this time, Rose’s boyfriend began physically abusing her. “And if that wasn’t bad enough, he caused us to be evicted from our transitional housing. Once again we were homeless,” she recalled.

The young family found their way to another shelter. “But our relationship continued to deteriorate, and the abuse became worse,” Rose said. “Finally I knew that it had to stop. I broke up with him and he moved out of the shelter.’

Shortly afterward, Rose accepted into the YWCA Family Village at Redmond.

“The news was just what I needed,” Rose explained. “Two years ago, I might have looked down on such a place, but after all that I had gone through, I had grown and come to realize just how blessed we were to have this opportunity. I could not have asked for anything more.”

Rose finds the staff at Family Village Redmond helpful and supportive, adding, “The YWCA has helped me regain my stability and confidence. Having a place to come home to every night where I know my son and I will be safe is something that I do not take for granted. It’s something that should be available to everyone.”

Now stable and into a routine, Rose has been able to work toward her goals. She is in the process of applying to the University of Washington while she completes her associate’s degree. Rose also works part-time in retail, and her son is a happy and health 16-month-old.

“All of these goals would not have been reached or even possible without the help of the YWCA,” Rose explained. “They offer much more than just a place to stay – they offer support, encouragement, resources, and most importantly, kindness and hope.”