“HPP helped me to re-direct my focus towards my education and well-being. They helped me get back into school and taught me how to give back to my community. In my future, I dream for good health, happiness and peace for my family and community.”
“HPP has linked me to affordable housing; helped me gain employment and job skills. It also helped me feel more confident in delivering my child and caring for a new born. They gave me access to diapers, clothing and gave me community. In my future, I plan to continue my education, employment and one day own my own home.”
“At HPP we have a lot of fun creating art. In the future I want to build technology and create apps.”
“HPP has helped me from the time I was pregnant. I started taking their prenatal classes and we’ve done infant massage and got a lot of good information from the people here. They’ve helped us a lot. This is my first kid and I don’t know what I’m doing so much so it’s nice to have support and help. I keep my family healthy by eating good and exercising and keeping a positive outlook. For the future I dream that he’ll be happy and healthy.”
“HPP helped me to get our apartment. We got denied because of our credit and Stephanie advocated for us and we were able to move in. They also paid our deposit and first month’s rent. I get therapy with Paula once a week through HPP, and I enjoyed the Knowing Your Baby and First Steps groups very much. In the future I want to become a social worker, I’m in school at Contra Costa College hoping to transfer to UC Berkeley.”
“When I was struggling, HPP helped me so much. I was able to get baby things like diapers, clothes, and a stroller. HPP also helped me with housing, and group support. I liked meeting with my case manager for support. I dream to continue to make myself better for my children. I would like to find a job and raise my kids the right way.”
“HPP help me as an Angel because I needed childcare and therapy and I got the help and now I’m a new person. I got my U-Visa and my children are coming from my country and all of us will be together and most importantly safe.”
“HPP has changed my life in a tremendous way. Before I came to HPP I was a new mom and at home trying to figure out what was next. Believe it or not I used to be an accountant but I was looking to learn new skills and maybe leave that behind and focus on a future of helping people. I came to HPP as a client looking for help with housing which I was grateful to be helped moving into a new place. I found out all about the Community Health Worker Program by asking questions.
Being accepted into the Community Health Worker Program set me in a totally different direction in my life. I took the program very seriously and took advantage of going to school, being able to learn new skills; interacting with clients learning resources and referrals for our community. I took that and was able to apply for a permanent position here at Homeless Prenatal after doing an internship. Here I am as a New Beginnings Case Manager working with pregnant women who use substances within their pregnancy. I started to facilitate groups- doing a newborn group and a toddler group; constantly learning and growing. I appreciate HPP for always listening to our ideas and taking them seriously. Thank God for Martha for listening to me on having the idea for fathers being included and now we have a whole Fatherhood Program here at HPP. I recently celebrated 5 years and the Community Health Worker program will always be a foundation for where I am today and where I see myself in the future.”
“[I keep my family healthy by] always working toward being closer, never surrendering to problems, whatever they may be at the time. HPP helped us by first and foremost giving us hope at a time when we didn’t have any. Secondly, by placing us into The Pregnancy Assistance and Temporary (PAATH) Program. HPP used The PAATH Program to take us off the streets and house us until we found family shelter placement 3 months later. [In the future I dream for my family] successes that give us our individual satisfaction. Working on projects that leave an impact on the world and leave a legacy for future generations of The Carus Family.”
“I want to be a doctor.”
“HPP has helped me with housing and they have a lot of classes here that I love- prenatal class, baby massage. In the future I dream to have a home and be stable with my family.”
“I heard about Homeless Prenatal Program through a friend who is currently a CHW Manager. I was never a client but had I known about this agency I would have definitely been a part of it. I began the Community Health Worker Training about a year and a half ago which was 2012. It has helped me build my career, I’m an Administrative Assistant now at HPP, I work with clients as well, and I enjoy it.
HPP has changed my life because I was at a place where I had no money, I was living place to place and now I have my own place. I have a savings account, a checking account and I’m able to provide for myself and my daughter which is something that we need to have.
I dream for my future to have a good education for my daughter. I hope that with the money that I make here I can send her off to college and that I can even better my own housing situation to where I can even one day hope to purchase my own home.”
“HPP has helped me with having a family… The Fatherhood Group empowerment meetings helped me with information, gave me character reference letters for court, helped me deal with CPS and the court system… What keeps my family happy is that I do everything I can for my children, give them much love and care, and do what’s best for their wellbeing. I dream to get housing, which HPP is helping with me with, have my children with me, to love and care for them, take care of them, and raise them with the mother of my children.”
“I like to do yoga at HPP. I want to be a baseball or football player, or a cook.”
“I like that I get to learn to give my sister massages. I want to be a teacher.”
“[HPP has helped me] tons. I was very damaged when I started coming here. It has helped me out so much, I was going through Domestic Violence and they helped me. Tons.
[In the future I dream] to end this nightmare and to keep getting help from HPP. To see myself better, get ahead, get a good job and be safe with my family.”
“I ended up in a shelter with my baby. First we lived in a car and then at friends’ houses, from couch to couch. When I was living at the shelter they sent me here and everything took off from here. I got help, the classes I took with my baby; using the computer lab looking for housing. I have housing now, I’m not homeless anymore. Since April we have our own place. It’s nice. I can also come here to get some diapers and some baby food, so it’s all good. They helped me a lot. Also when I moved out [of the shelter] they paid my deposit, which I could not even afford to because I didn’t have any money. And they bought me a bed, it was the first bed I had in two years. It was nice, sleeping in your own bed.
My future dream is just to become more independent. I started going back to school to get my teaching degree so I can become a teacher here, so I can teach. This is my future goal, to have a better life for my daughter, for myself. It’s because of my daughter, I’m just doing this for her so she will have a better life. I hope we will never be homeless again.”
“Homeless Prenatal has helped me in many ways. Starting since I was pregnant it has given me tons of classes that I needed, since she’s my first baby. It was very beautiful. I went to yoga classes, I had a baby shower, they help me with diapers. I have a case worker who even helps me translating paper work. In every way, I am very grateful for HPP and I go to all their events. I want to study, have a career. And for my daughter to see that and for her to be somebody in her life. And for her not to go through what I’ve been through.”
“HPP has helped me by providing case management, housing assistance, diapers and wipes. What keeps my family healthy is staying connected to community networks and of course healthy eating. For my future I dream that I’ll have a career and that one day my family and I will have a house with a backyard.”
“I dream of going back to school and becoming a nurse and moving out of the projects.”
“Yes, out of the projects! Please! Please!”
“HPP has transformed my life in so many ways. It helped me become a better mom, it helped me become a better person, to help others. It helped me understand people when they’re not doing so good in life because I can relate because I came from that.
I want to become a landlord and I want to be the best landlord in the world. I would like to own at least two properties, one that I would stay in and one that I would rent, and hopefully one day own my own business- maybe my own hair shop – I do hair really good.”
“When I was pregnant , they welcomed me with open arms. I had never been to a group before and for me it was a great blessing and help, and now my son is 2 years old. I am very happy.”
“I like to play here.”
“HPP and the Community Health Worker Program impacted my life in the way that it got me back to where I needed to be. I found myself in a very hard place and the resources here and the CHW Program allowed me to believe in myself again and to be able to pick up my career where I left off. I think that we continue to do that and I’m very proud to be a part of it.
For my hopes and dreams I hope that one day I can bring everything I learned here back to my country and to make an impact there and to continue the work that we do.”
“HPP has helped me since I was pregnant and through the birth of my baby. They have always helped me know more; preparing me during my pregnancy to know my baby better.”
“HPP has helped me through a CPS case and helped me raise my child from birth. They’ve helped me in so many different ways. They helped me with my security deposit, my stroller, carseat, clothes, bart tickets, classes, almost everything that you would need to raise a child. For free.
My dreams for the future are to be independent. When I came here I was pregnant and homeless. I have since had a child who’s healthy, almost a year old and I have a place now. So I think I’m well on my way.”