Read Their Story And Make A Pledge Today

This 67-year-old woman is originally from Bellingham, WA. She has been homeless for a few months. She survived a brain aneurysm 3 years ago that required multiple surgeries and left her with debilitating epilepsy. The first night she was homeless she slept in a Wal-Mart parking lot, “It was very uncomfortable, I never want to have to do that again,” she says.

She was a successful cook at several large hotels and resorts over the course of her career. “I love tocreate,” she says. She is also quite the baker and is talented at making very intricate pastries and desserts. “I think that maybe one day I would like to bottle and sell my personal salad dressing recipe and donate all proceeds to a worthy cause…I would like to help the homeless,” she says.

She says living with severe epilepsy and a brain injury is the hardest part of her life right now. She states, “I don’t go out very much, I like to stick around the shelter because it feels safer, I never know when a seizure is going to happen to me.” She takes medication to manage her condition but says, “I hope that one day they will find a cure for epilepsy.”

What makes her happy? “I just love waking up in the morning knowing I have one more day ahead of me. To be alive and well, that’s all I need.” She says she likes it at the Shelter and that “the staff here are just angels, absolute angels.”

She would appreciate prayers from the community for her health to stay with her: “I’m certain I am meant to live until I’m 103 years old, I have a lot more living to do!”

"I had the privilege today to go into a shelter and interview this dynamic woman about her life. She was lively and positive and in love with life despite her challenges. She serves as a reminder to us all to be more grateful for what we have because the things we take for granted somebody else is praying for." - the interviewer

Food: Mashed Potatoes and Gravy are her favorite
A wooden backscratcher because “I get an itchy back and I wasn’t born with four arms.”
A Cell Phone because “It would make it easier for me to connect with others.”

Wish List
  • wooden backscratcher

  • a cell phone

Next Steps Transitional Shelter
Victoria, British Columbia

Provides an opportunity for 15 emergency shelter clients to access the resources and services they need to get their lives back on track.

Visit Website View more stories from Next Steps Transitional Shelter