Even in childhood, Tracy spent much of her life just trying to survive. Life was difficult in her family. Her mother suffered mental illness and her father was not able to adequately care for Tracy and her siblings. When she was in the third grade, she was placed in foster care. At just 14 years old, Tracy took off on her own searching for love and comfort.
Tracy did find love, got married and soon had a son. She was happy and living the life she had always dreamed of, until her own struggle with mental illness and addictions turned her dream into a nightmare. Her eight year marriage ended in divorce and she lost her job. Not able to care for herself or her child, Tracy’s husband was given custody of her precious son. Her life was shattered and she slid into deep depression.
Tracy’s battle with depression and addictions left her alone, vulnerable and homeless. In 1992 she was thrust into the harsh world of living on the streets, and has struggled every day since that time to survive. This relentless struggle of survival is the tough reality our homeless brothers and sisters experience every day while living on the streets of Austin. They are hungry, isolated and have no safe place to call home.
Struggling to survive on the streets, Tracy’s life hit rock bottom and she eventually ended up in jail. Soon she entered a rehab program and began the hard work to transform her life. She began to heal both physically and emotionally while learning how to manage her health and sobriety. She knew that in order to maintain her new life and reconnect with her son, she needed to be in a good environment with resources to sustain and protect her.