Transformation from Jail to Home Ownership

Christine found herself wondering what her future was going to be while sitting in jail in Waterloo. A young adult with two small children, she had been using meth since her father introduced her to the drug when she was 12. She knew if she continued this path, she would lose custody of her children.

Once released from jail, Christine left all her bad influences in Waterloo and went to Des Moines. She completed an inpatient program at the House of Mercy and entered Hawthorn Hill’s Home Connection program. She paid off all her debts, began saving, and developed budgeting skills with help from her Home Connection case manager.

Christine received training and obtained her first full-time job with benefits at Methodist Hospital as a Sterile Technician. Habitat for Humanity also was a partner in supporting Christine’s personal transformation, and she became a homeowner in December 2011!

Hawthorn Hill works with homeless families with children that help them obtain permanent housing and to provide services to help families achieve economic self-sufficiency. Apportionment gifts from United Methodist churches throughout the state help to support their ministry with funding from the Iowa Conference Board of Global Ministries.

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