“I had nothing,” Candice states matter-of-factly.
She was trying to hold down a job while living in her van. When it was impounded, along with all her worldly possessions, Candice was left homeless with only the clothes on her back. Not sure where to turn, she reached out to a local agency for emergency assistance, and the agency referred her to MHAVC’s housing program at YOUnity Village.
“I had nothing,” she recalls, “and now I have bedding, a warm place to sleep, food, and I can go shopping for what I need.”
Candice says living at YOUnity Village has done more than simply provide a roof over her head. The staff assists her in getting services, necessities and transportation, and the community of residents provides support to one another.
“Mental Health America has helped me get medical attention, they’ve helped me get rides to go shopping…for Christmas they gave us these care packages of stuff for the house.”
She adds, “The groups help a lot because you get to socialize with other tenants.”
Living at YOUnity Village has changed her life. “This was like my bright light. This is the first place I’ve ever had on my own, and I’m 26.”