They're just looking for a place to call home.
By foot, by city bus, walker or cane, they are the displaced and homeless families who thought the job would last and they’d have more time to figure out a better plan when it didn’t, and seniors who finally succumbed to their last unaffordable rent increase . Others, desperately escaping the hands of an abuser, a world of chaos, a street that’s no longer welcoming or a foreboding forecast of inclement weather. All are seeking a place to call home, a bridge to some place better, or at the very least, a link to hope for respite.
A voice mailbox full each morning with pleas from those we’ve never met before but will today, is our wake up call to changing the normal for the daily dozens who want a new start in life. Unsuitable for overflowing mass shelters, they seek beds for their children, food, a toothbrush and some caring direction.
A roof does wonders for someone’s dignity. It creates a safe place for problem solving, reflection and hard work toward solutions toward next steps out of crisis and into self-sufficiency once again.
Shelter for the weary, supportive housing for families needing a fresh start, and temporary emergency homes for those having fallen on hard times, yet eager, able and willing to get back on their feet again.
HopeLink is their first step and their last stop for hope.
HopeLink is where ‘a place to call home’ begins.