Shari became homeless in Tulsa in 2009. After four years in shelters and on the streets, she resigned herself to the possibility that she might never again have a place of her own. Then, last month, she came to the Mental Health Association in Tulsa, the local organization leading the 100,000 Homes Campaign. Within six weeks, the group had identifed housing options for Shari and moved her into a permanent, fully furnished apartment.
The meaning of her new home became clear when Shari accidently locked herself out of the apartment a few days after moving in. Unsure of what to do and still used to homelessness, she made the difficult decision to spend the night out on the streets. The next day, when she got back into her apartment, the contrast was clear. After just a few nights in housing, Shari was overwhelmed with gratitude for a permanent place to call home.
A few months from now, for the first time in four years, Shari will celebrate her birthday in her own home. It's a big one-- she's turning 50! As she looks forward to the second half of her life, she is grateful that she will no longer have to contend with homelessness. Congratulations, and welcome home, Shari!