I was living place to place and then with a girlfriend until she passed away. Drugs were my friends. Until then, I wasn’t ready or willing to change. It was 2008, and I was staying at the shelter on Apple St. It was then that I got to know Tammy* from MVHO. Tammy said I could move to MVHO housing on the VA campus into a unit for two females. I said I couldn’t because my boyfriend didn’t want me to move into housing where he couldn’t live with me. Tammy said he is not your friend if he stands between you and housing. I needed that harsh, brutal honesty. Before this, I had no one to talk to, never had a place to myself. Tammy and MVHO gave me a chance. After I heard Tammy, I had hope. I prayed to the Lord that if He helped me stay clean from drugs for three days I would make it. And I have. It was a process. I have stayed clean from drugs since October 7, 2008. But, MVHO made it simple because I got so much support. My two daughters were there for the lease signing. That was important to me.
After I moved into housing, I started watching my grandson when he was six months old while my daughter worked. He was my helper. I got to love on him, and he kept me balanced. My second and third grandsons became a part of my life, and they kept me grounded. In 2017, due to family circumstances, I had legal custody of three grandsons. MVHO was there for me again, and they moved me into a house. All of us have beds, a roof over our heads, and food. It was simply the act of God.
I love MVHO. I came back to life because they touched my soul. I have been with MVHO for such a long time. Tammy helped me. Now, Charles (MVHO Tenant Services Specialist) helps me. MVHO is renovating my home, and my grandsons are doing well. MVHO taught me to live again!
*Sadly, Tammy Ackerman passed away in 2019.
Veronica with MVHO Tenant Services Specialist Charles