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.
“Living on the streets is hard. I did what I had to do to survive.” -Tracy
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.
At Mobile Loaves & Fishes we offer so much more than a meal.
We offer dignity, empowerment, relationships and community. We offer a way home.
We count you among our blessings.
Will you bless others like Tracy and help us lift our homeless brothers and sisters off the streets and into community and home?
With your generous gift, our volunteers will continue serving those who need it most this Thanksgiving.
Today, Tracy is home in Community First! Village, and her struggle to survive is over. She is living in a safe and stable place surrounded by a caring and supportive community. She earns a dignified income by doing laundry and helping prepare homes for new Village neighbors. What she considers her greatest work, though, is having the opportunity to mentor others who suffer with addictions and depression.
“I am so grateful and I want to do something better. I’m living proof that the struggle is real, but change is possible.” -Tracy
Because of loyal friends like you, this year Tracy will spend Thanksgiving in her new home surrounded by people who care for her – including her son!