Shelly's Story

Housing and Veteran Services Story

Imagine feeling hopeless and alone at a domestic violence shelter, wondering where you and your five children will go next. That is what Shelly, a mother and an Army veteran, was feeling four years ago. That is, until the shelter connected her with the Volunteers of America Women Veterans Program. This program assists women veterans and their children for up to 24 months with supportive housing, case management, and resources with the goal of helping each client secure a permanent and sustainable housing situation. Shelly was accepted into the program and placed in transitional housing at Clermont Commons in November of 2018.

With a partial deposit and rent assistance from the VOA Women Veterans Program, Shelly saved enough money to move into a permanent home with her children in May of 2019. When the pandemic hit, things became rocky: Shelly lost her job, and all five kids were at home doing remote learning. During this time, Shelly’s VOAC Case Manager checked in often and made sure her family always had food on the table. The program extended rent assistance for Shelly until she gained additional help from Veterans Affairs. Shelly has since successfully exited the Women Veterans Program. Moving forward, Shelly is working to get her Bachelor of Science in Nursing while showing her children everyday what hard work and perseverance looks like.