"The cycle ends with me!"—Alma
With no home and nowhere to turn, Alma, along with her husband and infant son, sought help from the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless.
Alma’s family was moved into the Coalition’s Renaissance at Lowry Boulevard apartments. During her two years in the Coalition’s transitional housing program, Alma worked with a Coalition case manager. As a survivor of sexual violence, Alma was paralyzed by fear, inhibiting her ability to achieve her goals. Through the Coalition’s program, Alma was able to have a stable home for her family and to participate in weekly counseling sessions that helped her heal. As Alma asserted, “If I hadn’t received therapy services, I don’t know where I’d be now.” Alma’s counseling sessions helped her overcome the impact of numerous traumatic experiences. As Alma stated, “… I learned a lot of ways to deal with difficult situations, so those two years are essentially what has helped me to get where I am now. Those were the two years that opened doors of opportunity for us. Those were the two years that helped us gain control of our lives again.”
Feeling confident and unafraid for the first time in years, Alma enrolled at Everest College to pursue a paralegal degree in 2009. In November 2011, she became the first college graduate in her family and is now working in the legal field. Having successfully transitioned out of the Coalition’s program, she now lives independently with her husband and three children, in their own home in Denver.
Alma said, “Words cannot express how I felt when my eight-year-old daughter looked me in the eye that night after the ceremony and said, ‘Mommy, when I grow up, I’m going to graduate just like you.’ The cycle ends with me!”
On any given night, the Coalition provides housing for approximately 2,200 homeless individuals and families.
Alma further explained, “The Coalition is a blessing for many families like mine who at one point in our lives, believed no one cared. Many thanks for all that you do. In my eyes you serve as guardian angels.”