Marissa’s Story:

Marissa’s foreclosure eventually left her with nowhere else to turn and nowhere to sleep at night. As a professional who lost her employment to corporate cutbacks, her inability to find similar employment eventually led to home foreclosure. After trying to hang onto her home as long as possible – she simply needed to start over. Finding a rental with bad credit and a foreclosure is difficult, not to mention the cost of housing in Loudoun. With no family to help, no savings left, and no options, we were her safety net.

Marissa stayed with us about 60 days. With tears in her eyes she told me, “I don’t know what I would have done without the Good Shepherd Alliance. Angela (Director of Housing) was so wonderful and sweet. She tried so hard to make everything go smoothly for me. Everyone was so kind. I was able to find a new job and now I’m moving to my new apartment … You gave me gas gift cards when I needed them. (Tears began to flow.) I am just so thankful! And all in less than 60 days – even though I could have stayed longer. “I reminded her that she had to work very hard in those 60 days.

Because we are interested in a person being successful for the long term (we do not want to see them back at our door homeless again), we have various programs to meet the specific needs of individuals and families. In each case, we work intensively with our resident, through our Six-Steps to Self-Sufficiency program, to help them achieve long-term stability.