Cynthia was already having a challenging year due to a knee replacement surgery. When she was still recovering, a fire broke out in her apartment and left her without a home.

Although family members welcomed her, there were often too many stairs to climb. Cynthia began moving from place to place—and grew depressed. After reaching out to the Red Cross, she was referred to Housing Forward. Their outreach team immediately identified her living situation as very unstable. More health challenges, including diabetes and the need for another surgery made her an excellent fit for the medical respite services at Housing Forward’s Sojourner House. 

Following her second surgery, she had the support of her case manager, medical team visits, and access to healthy food. “The people here are amazing,” shared Cynthia. “They gave me help when I needed it, and they looked in on me to make sure I wasn’t feeling down.”

Cynthia has since recuperated and is now living in her own apartment — on the first floor. She wants to tell her story to help others who might be in a housing crisis. “This is a new chapter for me,” she says, “but I really don’t know what my living situation would be if not for the staff. I’m so blessed to have been a part of this program.”

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