Rocio is a single mom who spent some time living in her car with her three children after escaping domestic violence. She preferred the car to a shelter for the safety of her family. Once she connected with HandUp partner Compass Family Services, Rocio moved into transitional housing and could focus on her next step toward stability.
A big barrier for Rocio was getting her car registration and fees settled. This would allow her to safely transport her children and also opened up a new opportunity - affordable housing outside of San Francisco. Thanks to your incredible support, Rocio met her goal which means her family will soon have their very own home. Here's a note from Rocio:
Well, my case manager will translate this for you since my English is ugly still. I truly don’t have enough words to thank you for all your support! I can't believe all the kindness I have been shown from all of you, who don't even know me, and who not only have supported me monetarily, but who have also supported me morally and spiritually. THANK YOU SO MUCH for all your donations and for all the beautiful words that you have offered me. You don't know how thankful I am to all of you and now I’m even more inspired to remain strong and continue fighting for my children. I hope you shall also receive blessings such as the ones you are giving me.
I’m sorry I couldn’t reply to everyone individually and forgive me for my delayed response. These last few days I have been looking for housing like crazy since I have to leave the shelter where I am with my children on December 29th (next week). It has been very stressful, but everything seems to be working out. Know that thanks to the donations I have received, my children and I will be able to have our car repaired and all the citations paid (only repairing the car will cost $1232.80 and I still have to pay for registration and insurance). This means I will be able to live outside San Francisco because here housing is extremely expensive.
In fact, I will be able to take a housing opportunity in Antioch thanks to being able to have my car to get around without difficulty with my children and without having to rely on public transportation, which is scarce there. Finding housing has been another great blessing! I was at risk of having to live in my car again, but thanks to the kindness of all of you I will have my car and thus a home!
I’m sad to have to leave San Francisco because my community is here, like the school and childcare for my children, resources that have helped me greatly, and especially all the people who have supported me so much, but there is no other way. I will have to start from scratch. I don’t know anybody there in Antioch, but it’s the only way of having a home at this moment.
It’s not easy, but I will continue to move forward. I don’t know how to express all the gratitude I feel for all of you, who without knowing me have decided to support me so much. I’m so moved by your lovely gesture. This is another reason for me to be inspired and focused on getting ahead, so that one day my children and I can also contribute to other people of our community. I hope that one day all the difficulties I’m facing will be only memories from which my children will learn. I hope one day they will be proud of me. More than anything, I wish my children will get ahead and will lead healthy, happy lives. THANK YOU SO MUCH from the bottom of my heart for all the support and kindness all of you have shown me!! I wish all of you a MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A 2016 FULL OF BLESSINGS LIKE THE ONES YOU HAVE OFFERED ME!
Read Rocio's full update and the original in Spanish on her profile here.