In 2013, Rikki was living in her own place, supporting herself and her son and had just found out she was pregnant with her second child. Rikki suddenly lost her job and soon after her car broke down. With no
income, Rikki was unable to get her car fixed and she had no means of transportation to find another job. One thing lead to another and Rikki was soon evicted because she was not able to pay her bills.
Relying on others, Rikki moved with her children from place to place seven times in a period of three years, including one time having to move out of state, hoping for an opportunity for stability.
As soon as she was offered a chance, Rikki moved forward very quickly and within one month of moving into the shelter, she advanced into the newly remodeled shelter duplex. Rikki is working full-time as a CNA at a local nursing facility and has gained much respect from her supervisors. In April she will be certified as a trainer and receive a good raise.
Vincent Village has provided stable housing, in addition to supportive services that have helped Rikki to stay focused and move forward - providing encouragement and direction for each new step. She was recently nominated and received a donated car to get to and from work. It was a huge challenge using public transportation, getting her children to and from daycare while working second shift.
Rikki was able to save enough money to pay off of old utility debts and prepare herself to move into a house in the Village where she will continue to receive services through the Phase II as she presses on towards her goal of someday owning her own home