“I wouldn’t have been able to change my life so much if it wasn’t for Union Station Family Center.”
Times had been hard on Tracy and her grade school-aged son, Amante. For almost three years, Tracy and Amante were without a home-sleeping in parks and behind grocery stores, even finding shelter in other people’s vans. Her life started to fall apart as she began using drugs.
She became ill and lost her job as her addiction spiraled out of control. With nowhere to go, Tracy turned to the streets. Life on the streets made her sicker and although she was tired, Tracy admits she had too much pride to go in a shelter.
After she was incarcerated, Tracy had to face the truth: “I needed help” she says. Her life had to change, so she came to Passageways, Union Station’s intake center.
Tracy and Amante came to the Family Center in September, on a Friday. She vividly remembers, “Living in the Family Center reconnected me to my son. I’m a better parent and a better person now, all because of the Family Center.”
Tracy has graduated from Union Station’s Sources career program and is enrolled in school. Her goal is to finish her education, get a job, and live a healthy life. She loves the three great meals and all the healthy snacks that are provided to her at the Family Center.
She has learned to be patient with herself, to value herself more, and to be flexible. “I wouldn’t have been able to change my life so much if it wasn’t for Union Station Family Center.” Tracy appreciates being around healthy people and learning from kind and gracious employees and interns at Union Station.
Even though she has lost a lot during the past few years, Tracy knows that there is much to gain with this fresh new start in a new home with new friends and a bright future. When asked about donors, Tracy says, “My heart, mind, body, and soul say Thank You!”
On behalf of Tracy, thank you for continuing to help those we serve build a better and brighter future.