A Family Finally Home

A Community of Friends is celebrating 30 years of providing Permanent Supportive Housing to families, like the Hayward’s. Read their heartfelt story below.

When they fell in love 25 years ago, Christina and Bennie did not plan to raise their family on the streets, on borrowed couches, or in temporary shelters. Her family’s disapproval of her relationship with Bennie triggered her lifelong struggle with major depression, which negatively impacted Christina’s ability to hold a steady job. Bennie’s youthful run-ins with the law didn’t help, either. Nine years ago Christina, Bennie, and their two children finally found the solace and support they needed when they moved into an apartment in one of A Community of Friends permanent supportive housing complexes. It is the longest time this family has lived together in one place.

For three of the family members, the adjustment was exciting and easy. For Kaylee, now 19-years-old, the adjustment to stable living was more difficult. She refused to unpack what belongings she had — she needed to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice; this is the life she knew. Little by little, Kaylee took a few things out of her bags and boxes, but it was not until four years after moving into their apartment, that Christina was able to throw out Kaylee’s last empty box.
They are all finally home.

On this #GivingTuesday, your contributions to A Community of Friends help us provide permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless families and individuals living with mental illness and other disabilities in Southern California.

From the Board, Staff, and Tenants at A Community of Friends, thanks you for supporting us this #GivingTuesday.