I am 46 years old, I am profoundly deaf and I am homeless. I became homeless five months ago; it wasn’t planned but I knew it was going to happen eventually. My roommate was not reliable and even though I paid my portion of the rent, she didn’t pay the landlord.

I didn’t know what to do when I was living on the streets. I met a woman at the park who could sign and she told me that there was a day shelter for women in the University District. I googled Elizabeth Gregory Home (EGH) and found the address. EGH is a great place to find help. I am very happy every time I come, because EGH helps me to relax my body and my mind. They try to do their best to help me and other women who are homeless.

I’m grateful for EGH because they provide breakfast and lunch and sometimes I can take a day’s worth of groceries with me at night. The best thing is that there are clean showers and I can do my laundry there while I take a shower.

The staff at EGH help to keep me motivated to find a job. Communication is a challenge, but I have met a few women and staff that know some sign language which was nice. Mostly we communicate in writing. It took me three months to find a job. I start next Monday as a dishwasher. I am so happy! The best part is the pay, and the benefits are great. Hopefully that will help me get an apartment as soon as possible.

I’m still homeless and living in the woods at night, but I’m working. It’s hard to save money for a deposit on a new place, but I’m not going to give up. I’ll stay strong and do whatever I need to do to get off the streets before the nights get colder. If I can do it, anyone can do it, just don’t give up. I want to say a big thank you to EGH staff and the ladies that have been cooking for us.

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