Renee has lived her entire life with Asperger syndrome, a diagnosis that was unknown to her until recently. While she’s always taken care of herself and held a job, her independence became impossible about a year ago. Renee lost her job – and consequently her apartment – after taking a few dollars from the change drawer at work so that she could afford the bus ticket to make it back to her employer’s the next day.
“It’s just tough when you lose your job. Places, they don’t want to hire me. They look at me differently.”
So she came to Laura’s Home seeking help in attempts to recover her self-sufficient lifestyle. Through the classes, Renee has learned to let the past go. “The Lord forgave me, and I’ve forgiven myself.”
Renee is looking forward to the future and hopefully returning to work with the help of our caseworkers, but is grateful for the way that Laura’s Home has taken care of her in the waiting.
“The food is good. I’m not out on the street. I came here so that I could get myself back together and get my own place again.”
“Before Laura’s Home, I was on my own. But Laura’s Home is a good place for you to get back on your feet. It’s a safe spot.”
With assistance from Laura’s Home, Renee found a good apartment in a quiet Cleveland neighborhood, and is working toward obtaining a job that will allow her to thrive independently again. But this time around, she knows she has a team of friends and staff at The City Mission rooting for her, and ready to help if needed.
Thank you, our faithful supporters, for giving women like Renee a second chance at independence. Our guests and staff so value your partnership, and we’re excited to share many more stories of change with you!
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