*Lisa’s Story

Meet Lisa, a remarkable individual who came to PADS seeking a safe haven. Lisa faced the daunting challenges of homelessness and battled mental health issues that added to her struggles.

For over two years, Lisa had been living with a friend until circumstances took a difficult turn, and she was asked to leave. She briefly stayed in motels, but financial constraints led to an uncertain life on the streets of Lake County.

Lisa’s path changed when she found refuge at PADS. Here, she found more than shelter; she discovered a supportive community that provided warmth, sustenance, and clothing. Her journey to stability also included vital mental health services through NICASA.

With the guidance of her dedicated Case Manager, Lisa diligently worked toward her housing goals, attending weekly groups to stay motivated throughout her shelter stay.

Today, we are thrilled to share the exciting news that Lisa is thriving. On September 15, 2023, she signed her very first lease, marking a significant milestone on her path to independence. Lisa will be moving into her own home on October 1, 2023, where she looks forward to quality time with her daughter, decorating her new space, and increasing her involvement in local church volunteer work.

Lisa’s future is bright, and she’s excited about the simple joys of having her own space, the freedom to move at her leisure, and most importantly, calling a place “HOME.”

Lisa’s story is a testament to resilience, determination, and the transformative power of community support. We are immensely proud of her accomplishments and wish her nothing but happiness in her new home.