Anna came to the Pappas Place Drop in Center in February, 2004. Anna was pregnant, living at a half way house and trying to stay off drugs. She had to find a job to be able to pay for housing but she could not have a job because she did not have a State I.D. or birth certificate and she dropped out of school. Anna came to Phoenix for support and to find resources.
With the support of her case manager, Anna is now living in her own apartment and has been able to stay off drugs. Anna has a full time job, is enrolled in the WIA program, and has obtained both, birth certificate and state I.D. She is also trying to work in her GED. Anna is a mom to be who will be able to provide good care and life to her new baby.
Richard came to the Drop in Center in May 2004. Richard had family in town, but because of past crises, he chose to survive on his own on the streets. He had recently obtained a job. He was looking for supportive services and a place where he could shower, eat and take a nap.
Richard received the services he needed from Tumbleweed. He has maintained his job and found a friend that let him stay at his apartment with fair rent. Richard is getting along with family and his plans now are to work in juvenile corrections and give back to society what society gave him; a chance to do better! Richard is staying self sufficient through troubled waters!
Rabbit came to the Drop in Center as a re-entry. He was sleeping in a cardboard box beside a fence surrounding Castles & Coasters at Metro Center Mall. He came to us with one goal…to find a job. Rabbit entered the WIA Program through the Learning Center then applied for the internship position at the Drop in Center. He was hired and began his internship in the following week.
With the money he made from his internship he was able to move into an apartment with several friends. Upon completion of his internship, he moved into a full time position working under a foreman for a construction company. He now makes enough money to be able to move into a 2 bedroom apartment with one other roommate.
Rabbit’s success is unique because he went from sleeping on the streets, smoking marijuana all day long to working in his internship while maintaining an apartment on very limited funds and finding a decent job and obtaining an apartment where his name will be on the lease.