Homelessness is a heartbreaking reality for millions of people around the world. It's a complex issue that can be caused by a variety of factors, such as poverty, job loss, mental illness, addiction, and family breakdown. Despite the challenges they face, many individuals experiencing homelessness are incredibly resilient and courageous. Their stories are a powerful reminder of the human capacity for strength and perseverance in the face of adversity. On this page, we share some testimonials from people who have experienced homelessness firsthand. These stories offer a glimpse into the struggles, hopes, and dreams of those who are often invisible to society.
Ms. Chelsea and her playful and energetic daughter Kamariana and son Legend joined Hotel Hope in September 2020 and were with us for 14 days. During that time, Ms. McIntyre and her children routinely soaked in all of the love and warmth provided by Hotel Hope staff and volunteers. Ms. McIntyre's persistent resourcefulness through strenuous physical and other obstacles in the last few years led her to a housing opportunity providing a source of stability and structure for her family. Ms. McIntyre remains in contact with Hotel Hope and remains grateful for
ongoing aftercare support services.
Ms. Rotanya and her wonderful daughters Keimonie, De’Anna and Jade came to Hotel Hope in November 2021 and stayed with us for 46 days. During her time at Hotel Hope, Ms. Rotanya radiated positivity throughout her experience and was always willing to share brilliant insights with fellow guests as well as job opportunities and other helpful information. After successfully transitioning from Hotel Hope into permanent housing, Ms. Rotanya went on to complete the Lab Assistant program with Operation Restoration and was honored to speak for her class as valedictorian. Today, Ms. Rotanya volunteers to speak to guests in residence at Hotel Hope, providing encouragement and reassuring them that Hotel Hope will help them on their journey. Ms. Rotanya’s daughter was recognized by the Congress of Future Medical Leaders this school year and will be embarking on a trip this summer to Harvard University where she will convene with other high achieving high school students from across the country. Ms. Rotanya continues to communicate with Hotel Hope about family updates, job postings, and her entrepreneurial endeavors to create pathways for her family’s continued success.
Ms. Touanna and her polite and poised daughter Laila arrived at Hotel Hope in October 2022 and resided with us for 86 days. Ms. Touanna tactfully embraced the obstacles in front of her and challenged herself daily to inspire not only her family unit but also all of the other families during her stay. Ms. Touanna was often regarded as a woman of wisdom, remained spirit-filled in word and in action, and initiated a morning exercise regimen acknowledging the importance of physical health and meditation as an outlet for tackling life’s challenges. Over time, Ms. Touanna’s confidence soared and she launched her own inspirational YouTube channel during her stay at Hotel Hope. She published a book on personal renewal called “My Mind is on The Line” shortly after.