Where Are They Now

Kristen
Kristen was hired full-time by the Earn Program while she was pregnant. She has been with them 2 years and is now a supervisor. She is taking classes part-time and has her own apartment. She loves sending us pictures and updates on her 2 year old daughter.

Victoria
When I look back on my life prior to entering Mary's Shelter I see how different my life was... and it was not good. For two years I was in an unhealthy relationship, living day-to-day with no real thought to my future or if I would even have one at all. I had basically hit rock bottom with the news that I was pregnant when I made a complete turnaround in my life. It wasn't until then that I realized I now had a whole new life depending on me and I saw how unstable my life really was. Two weeks later, I left the relationship and went to stay at a homeless shelter in Easton. I was very grateful to have somewhere to go, but felt that all I had achieved was a place to rest my head at night. "Now what?" was the constant question on my mind. I wrestled and anxiety grew over the anticipation of my son, and me not having anything to provide for him.

Then someone told me about Mary's Shelter. I came for an interview and soon after I moved in! That was 8 months ago. Wow, how time has flown! This place has truly been an answer to my prayers. After giving birth I had a safe place to bring my baby. It was equipped with everything he could ever need. He's been showered in diapers, wipes, clothes, toys, and ATTENTION! Mary's Shelter is so much more than a shelter. It becomes home for you and your child. And they don't just offer you temporary security. They work hard with you every day to set up lifelong goals and then help set you on the path to achieving them. I am now enrolled in college with a goal of entering a program to become an RN. I am awaiting housing and, in meantime, my son has opportunity to grow and thrive around people who really care.

Here, we have a structured routine. There are chores to complete and we take turns making dinner and then eat together as a family. Then, babies are upstairs by 8pm to start their bedtime routine. All of these are skills necessary for success once we leave and are on our own.

It is mind-blowing what Mary's Shelter makes possible for the residents. I am so thankful, especially to their donors who play a big part in providing our children with so much that they otherwise might not have. This is just my story. Every girl here has their own and has been affected by this program in their own way. May this program continue running and changing lives for a long time to come!


Samantha
Samantha is a mother of twin boys. Started working full-time at Giant while living at Mary's Home. Entered the management trainee program and now interviews and hires cashiers. She recently hired current residents of Mary's Shelter and offers encouragement and advice based on her experiences.

Kayla
Kayla received her Certified Nursing Assistant certificate through Reading Area Community College and is employed full-time at a local nursing home. Recently moved into her own apartment and she obtained her driver's license which increases her independence. Although she is nervous about being on her own, she is excited about what the future brings. She calls us with weekly updates.

Tara
Hi, My name is Tara and I am a 22-year-old, first time mother of twin girls. Long before I was pregnant I was living with my mother. Growing up, I lived in a lot of shelters and once again we were going homeless. This time, instead of going into the shelter with my mother I decided to take a chance leave the nest to pursue a career in nursing. I wanted to hopefully brake the cycle of homelessness. To pursue a trade in the medical field, I was enrolled in Job Corps. Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, in hopes to find and keep a good job. I loved school, but while I was in Job Corp I got pregnant and felt afraid and overwhelmed. I had no home to return. My completion date was approaching quickly and I was four months pregnant. I had no family to help or friends to rely on. After I graduated with my CNA, a friend from high school sheltered me in her room for three days but was unable to do it for any longer than that. I was calling everyone and no one was able to help me because I didn't have my children yet.

Finally, I found Mary's Shelter. I spoke with the director, Cory Lamack and explained my situation to her. She immediately set me up with a interview. Fortunately the same day as my interview, I got accepted into the program and was warmly greeted by the staff and residents. I had only one suit case and hardly having any of the necessities I needed but that quickly changed. I was immediately provided with everything I needed food, clothes, soap, undergarments, etc. Most importantly, shelter.

When I was shown my room I could not believe how beautiful it was. The room was purple with beautiful furniture, decorations, linens and all! None of the shelters I have stayed in were nearly as beautiful as this one. I never imagined there were people who would invest time and money to create such a surene and peaceful enviorment for someoene less forutnate like myself. It's still surreal to me but I am very thankful for everyone involved with Mary's Shelter. They have given me more than shelter now. They have given me hope, that I may one day provide a beautiful, peaceful and stable home for my children and I.

Alicia
Alicia was diagnosed with learning disabilities and mild mental retardation, everyone was encouraging her NOT to have the baby. Alicia maintains her own apartment and volunteers at her son's school as much as possible. She calls Mary's Shelter once a month, just to say "hello".
 
 


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Mary's Shelter
615 Kenhorst Blvd.
Reading, PA 19611
610-376-1973
office@marysshelter.org
Mary’s Shelter suppoprts families in the community and works to prevent homelessness through housing, education and social service programs. Cay Galgon Center
714 West Broad Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
610-867-9546
cgc@marysshelter.org

Kristen
Kristen was hired full-time by the Earn Program while she was pregnant. She has been with them 2 years and is now a supervisor. She is taking classes part-time and has her own apartment. She loves sending us pictures and updates on her 2 year old daughter.

Victoria
When I look back on my life prior to entering Mary's Shelter I see how different my life was... and it was not good. For two years I was in an unhealthy relationship, living day-to-day with no real thought to my future or if I would even have one at all. I had basically hit rock bottom with the news that I was pregnant when I made a complete turnaround in my life. It wasn't until then that I realized I now had a whole new life depending on me and I saw how unstable my life really was. Two weeks later, I left the relationship and went to stay at a homeless shelter in Easton. I was very grateful to have somewhere to go, but felt that all I had achieved was a place to rest my head at night. "Now what?" was the constant question on my mind. I wrestled and anxiety grew over the anticipation of my son, and me not having anything to provide for him.

Then someone told me about Mary's Shelter. I came for an interview and soon after I moved in! That was 8 months ago. Wow, how time has flown! This place has truly been an answer to my prayers. After giving birth I had a safe place to bring my baby. It was equipped with everything he could ever need. He's been showered in diapers, wipes, clothes, toys, and ATTENTION! Mary's Shelter is so much more than a shelter. It becomes home for you and your child. And they don't just offer you temporary security. They work hard with you every day to set up lifelong goals and then help set you on the path to achieving them. I am now enrolled in college with a goal of entering a program to become an RN. I am awaiting housing and, in meantime, my son has opportunity to grow and thrive around people who really care.

Here, we have a structured routine. There are chores to complete and we take turns making dinner and then eat together as a family. Then, babies are upstairs by 8pm to start their bedtime routine. All of these are skills necessary for success once we leave and are on our own.

It is mind-blowing what Mary's Shelter makes possible for the residents. I am so thankful, especially to their donors who play a big part in providing our children with so much that they otherwise might not have. This is just my story. Every girl here has their own and has been affected by this program in their own way. May this program continue running and changing lives for a long time to come!


Samantha
Samantha is a mother of twin boys. Started working full-time at Giant while living at Mary's Home. Entered the management trainee program and now interviews and hires cashiers. She recently hired current residents of Mary's Shelter and offers encouragement and advice based on her experiences.

Kayla
Kayla received her Certified Nursing Assistant certificate through Reading Area Community College and is employed full-time at a local nursing home. Recently moved into her own apartment and she obtained her driver's license which increases her independence. Although she is nervous about being on her own, she is excited about what the future brings. She calls us with weekly updates.

Tara
Hi, My name is Tara and I am a 22-year-old, first time mother of twin girls. Long before I was pregnant I was living with my mother. Growing up, I lived in a lot of shelters and once again we were going homeless. This time, instead of going into the shelter with my mother I decided to take a chance leave the nest to pursue a career in nursing. I wanted to hopefully brake the cycle of homelessness. To pursue a trade in the medical field, I was enrolled in Job Corps. Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, in hopes to find and keep a good job. I loved school, but while I was in Job Corp I got pregnant and felt afraid and overwhelmed. I had no home to return. My completion date was approaching quickly and I was four months pregnant. I had no family to help or friends to rely on. After I graduated with my CNA, a friend from high school sheltered me in her room for three days but was unable to do it for any longer than that. I was calling everyone and no one was able to help me because I didn't have my children yet.

Finally, I found Mary's Shelter. I spoke with the director, Cory Lamack and explained my situation to her. She immediately set me up with a interview. Fortunately the same day as my interview, I got accepted into the program and was warmly greeted by the staff and residents. I had only one suit case and hardly having any of the necessities I needed but that quickly changed. I was immediately provided with everything I needed food, clothes, soap, undergarments, etc. Most importantly, shelter.

When I was shown my room I could not believe how beautiful it was. The room was purple with beautiful furniture, decorations, linens and all! None of the shelters I have stayed in were nearly as beautiful as this one. I never imagined there were people who would invest time and money to create such a surene and peaceful enviorment for someoene less forutnate like myself. It's still surreal to me but I am very thankful for everyone involved with Mary's Shelter. They have given me more than shelter now. They have given me hope, that I may one day provide a beautiful, peaceful and stable home for my children and I.

Alicia
Alicia was diagnosed with learning disabilities and mild mental retardation, everyone was encouraging her NOT to have the baby. Alicia maintains her own apartment and volunteers at her son's school as much as possible. She calls Mary's Shelter once a month, just to say "hello".
 
 


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Download our Current Newlsetter






Learn how you can help




Upcoming Events in Reading





Upcoming Events in Bethlehem




Mary's Shelter
615 Kenhorst Blvd.
Reading, PA 19611
610-376-1973
office@marysshelter.org
 
Cay Galgon Center
714 West Broad Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
610-867-9546
cgc@marysshelter.org