April 2 at 3:40pm

Housing 1000 in Action: Lily’s Story

Lily’s daughters Briana (left) and Lorena (right)

After months of being homeless and sleeping on her parent’s couch, Lily and her daughters came to Interfaith when a friend recommended she looking into housing assistance programs. After working with a case manager and assessing their options, Lily was ecstatic to move into her own apartment after a few months of searching with her two children, Lorena (4) and Briana (2).

“We had been living in my parents house,” said Lily. “I didn’t have a job and it wasn’t my own space. It was really hard. I was shocked to find out there was a place like Interfaith to help us get on our feet.”

While settling into their new 2-bedroom home, Lily and her children began attending life-skills workshops and counseling sessions, in addition to working regularly with a case manager. Lily says that learning how to be a parent while in the comfort of her own home made all the difference in her outlook on life.

“I used to be hopeless,” said Lily. “I didn’t know how to be a mom, I didn’t know what I was doing at all. Now, I work hard for them every day.

Today, Lily works as a receptionist at a local smog shop in Escondido and is expecting her third daughter.

“Now I know there’s someone out there to help us,” said Lily. “That gives me hope for our future. I thank Interfaith every single day.

Lily and her family’s journey is just one example of how the Housing 1000 program changes lives. To learn about how you can get involved and contribute to the campaign today, please contact Robert Adams, Chief Development Officer, at radams@interfaithservices.org or by calling (760) 489-6380 ext. 206.