“When you are on the streets, you feel like nobody cares about you — that you are a nobody.

That all changed 20 years ago when a woman told me about four housing programs, so I applied. Pathway Homes, a behavioral healthcare nonprofit, offered me housing. That’s when my life stabilized. Having a home is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. I wake up every day full of hope. I feel a sense of community and my neighbors are respectful of my privacy. I feel safe in my apartment as opposed to being out on the street.”

Lorraine’s story is one of hope and perserverance. Her positive attitude shines through her art and her words.
To learn more about her inspiring story, read the Alexandria Gazette’s highlight article on her story at http://m.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2021/may/31/opinion-commentary-mental-health-home-healing/