Finding Home | Jacqueline Tirado's Story
August 27, 2019
I had no idea how difficult life would be after my military service. My life suddenly took a turn for the worse when I became ill in college. With finances running low, I started living in my car, but eventually ended up failing my classes because it became so difficult to focus. I dropped out of school before the end of the semester, and I truly felt hopeless.
I moved on to a temporary job in Alaska, which provided food and housing, but had no other option except to return to California when the job was completed. My lodging resorted back to the car, hotels, and people’s couches. Thankfully, the Office of Veterans Affairs provided me lodging for two months, but then I had to try elsewhere due to their lack of funding. The Billets, another aid for veterans, provided housing for a small time, but then also closed shortly after I had arrived. I yearned for safety, security and stability. That’s when I found the Dream Center. This has been a place I can call home, with such a beautiful, positive presence and influence in my life. In the Veterans Program I feel refreshed, less anxious, clean, cared for, and peaceful, and I know that I am in a safe environment.
For the first time in a long time, I’ve been able to focus on my mental health and physical wellbeing. My next plan for the future will be to reunite with my son. I’ve saved enough money to provide my own housing by now, and I can even go back to school! I am excited for what’s to come and feel ready to move forward. I am forever grateful to everyone associated with the Dream Center for providing this positive, safe environment to help me in this transition process. I feel more than blessed. I cannot thank you enough!
I am excited for what is to come, and I feel ready to keep moving forward in life. -Jacqueline Tirado
The Women's Veterans’ Home is a ministry of Dream Center’s Freedom House which opened in May of 2018, thanks to the generous support of Jentezen Franklin Media Ministries and our Connection Partners. These veterans are connecting to the life-changing resources there to get off the streets, find employment, and even go back to school to further their education! Without the support of the home, these opportunities would be out of reach for these brave women.