Single Parent Family – Meet Nicole

NicoleMany of us see a homeless person – alone – on the street. And it’s heartbreaking. Most people don’t realize that single mothers with children comprise the largest homeless population. These women are struggling to care for themselves and their children. For some, it’s a Herculean task. That’s why PCHAS created its Single Parent Family Program.

Q&A with Nicole, a “graduate” of the Single Parent Family Program

Q – What circumstances led you to PCHAS? 
A – I have bipolar disorder and had lost my job. I was living in a cheap hotel.

Q – What do you think your life would have been like if you’d never learned about the PCHAS Single Parent Family Program?
A – I would have been homeless.  I had no other options. I would have had to give my daughter to my mother and stepfather, and that would have been a very difficult thing for me to do.

Q – Have you experienced or learned anything in the program that has made an impact on you?
A – Yes, I learned not to judge people. Not everyone has the same values as I do.

Q – Has your child experienced or learned anything in the program that has made an impact on her?
A – Yes; she used to be very shy and now she is very outgoing.

Q – Can you describe what your life is like now? 
A – I have a job and a home.  I still struggle with depression, but I am a much stronger person.

Q – What challenges do you face now?
A – I still struggle with daily life, but know that I will always have the support I need from Sharon Chevalier, director of the program in Weatherford.

Q – Can you describe a PCHAS staff member or volunteer whom you have met in the PCHAS Single Parent Family Program?
A – Sharon Chevalier is the most spiritual and the kindest person I know.  She has helped me in so many ways I cannot begin to describe the positive changes she has brought about. She saved me and my daughter from homelessness. I will forever be grateful to Sharon and to PCHAS.

“Most people don’t realize that single mothers with children comprise the largest homeless population.”