Erin began using drugs at a young age to escape the pain of physical and sexual abuse. This soon became a long history of drug use which led Erin down a path of incarceration and hospitalization. An overdose left Erin on life support and she knew something had to change.

After being released from TriCounty’s “RASUW” Center for Women, she had nowhere to go. That’s when Talbot House Ministries received her housing referral from the Homeless Coalition of Polk County.

Erin came to Talbot House for intake and was approved for rapid rehousing. Through our housing program, we were able to provide Erin with a case manager, Ruby, who works closely with her and connects her to needed services.

“The housing team, Deborah and Ruby, were the strength that I needed to continue moving forward. Their support was so much more than financial. They believed in me and helped me believe in myself. For someone who never thought she could be independent, the program has meant so much to me.”

Erin now has stable employment, affordable housing, and her own transportation.  She has learned budgeting skills, has obtained educational resources, and has been connected to needed medical care and mental health services. She has a better relationship with her son and continues to work with her NA sponsor and attend recovery meetings.

“God sent the people at Talbot House to give me a message of hope. I never thought I’d be able to hold my head up high again, but God is gracious. Now I can share that hope with others. As long as there is breath in your lungs you have a chance to change your life and make a difference.”

Ruby shares, “Erin has a great support system around her, is using her community resources to live independently, and is a role model for other clients that have lost hope.”

Help us pray for Erin as she continues moving towards self-sufficiency!

Erin and Ruby

Erin and Ruby