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 “This place saved me and my family.”


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Beca and her three sons found themselves homeless due to family troubles. With nowhere to go, she and her boys ended up living in their car.

“We were jumping from place to place, not having something secure,” Beca said. It was particularly hard on her because her father had recently passed away. “He was my rock. I was always able to go to him for anything, so not having him here to help was the hardest. I was doing it on my own.”

Then Beca’s youngest son told his middle-school teacher about their family’s situation, and the teacher put Beca in touch with a service agency in Altadena. From there, she was connected with the Family Center, and realized how happy she and her kids were there.

“It’s gotten a lot better,” Beca said with a smile. “I was dealing with depression, and I don’t know what I would do if I wasn’t here. This place saved me and my family. If Union Station hadn’t opened up their doors to us, I would’ve lost my kids, and I’d probably be in the streets.”

Beca was overjoyed to learn that she and her sons had been accepted to Union Station’s new permanent supportive housing development, Marv’s Place, which contains 19 units of housing for formerly homeless individuals and families.

Beca also can’t wait to return to school for nursing—her dream job—at Pasadena City College, an opportunity that was brought to her through Union Station’s career development program, Sources. “If I wasn’t here, I honestly wouldn’t have even attempted to try to go back to school. I’m very blessed to have such an amazing group of people around me.”

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