Imagine, you are 49 years old, and your car payment is the biggest obstacle standing in the way of you living in a house vs. in your car where you live now. You also have COPD, a chronic condition that affects your lungs, and not much hope that things will change. Your two dogs keep you company throughout each night in your small 4-door sedan that you keep running 24 hours a day.
This was how Renee lived each day and had relied on The Rolla Mission for day shelter, a place to eat, as a place to use the restroom – and as the home base for her car. Most importantly, Renee worked with a Case Manager at The Rolla Mission throughout the years.
Recently, after years of living out of her car with her two dogs, Renee was connected with and accepted into a program that will provide her with monthly housing assistance for the rest of her life!
After 10 years of living in Rolla, she will be in a home of her own. Renee sees herself as a survivor, not a victim. She says, “This is the only resource here for people without a place to stay at night. The Mission is a real need. I wouldn’t have made it this far without help.”