"John" originally came to Trinity Center in April of 2018. He was homeless and used the basic services at the Center off and on for almost a year. With case management assistance, he secured a room to rent in the area. We hadn't seen John until he returned for services in January of 2020. He had lost his place and was struggling to find his way once again. John enrolled in Trinity Center's Evening Program winter shelter and started working with member advocates on his long term goals. Although John's alcohol consumption was a topic of conversation before, he hadn't yet truly considered it being the main reason for his difficulties. John spoke with Trinity Center's substance use disorder counselor and began to open his mind to this possibility. He participated in the recovery groups provided on site at the Center and became motivated to change very quickly. John worked with the counselors to make the necessary calls to get into residential treatment for substance abuse. John has been clean and sober since the beginning of February 2020. He continues to check in with Trinity Center and is very optimistic about his future. Excellent work John--we're all rooting for you!
"Gloria" called the Trinity Center in January 2020, inquiring about the Evening Program winter shelter. She was staying at the Concord Adult Shelter operated by Contra Costa County, but wanted to be closer to her place of employment in Walnut Creek. At the time, the Evening Program was at capacity so she was placed on the waiting list. When a spot opened up, Gloria was there the next day to join the program. With a commute that required much less time on the bus, she was able and motivated to add a second job to her schedule. Since her basic needs of shelter, hygiene, and food were being met through the Trinity Center, she was able to save most of the money that she earned at work. Gloria provided all the motivation she needed for herself and stayed focused on her goals over the next two months. As the Evening Program came to a close in late March 2020, she moved into a place of her own. Gloria continues to work, and drops by the Center, where she recently picked up her voter's guide and completed the Census. Way to go, Gloria!
We met Linda while working with our Evening Program, after she came to us from the County's Brookside Shelter. She is a very quiet person and kept to herself, and still established a trusting relationship with Trinity Center's member advocacy team, who met with her weekly to get to know her and her needs. Over time, a lot was discovered, including her SSI status and a bank account that she was unaware of. Linda was eligible to move into a Board and Care facility and is now safely housed. Most importantly, Linda was able to locate and reconnect with her daughter, after many years of being estranged. Her daughter was grateful and happy knowing Linda is alive and doing well, and so are we!