Brooke is a single mom of two children, Bria (age 5) and Brice (1). She refers to her children as the Honey B’s which comes from the letter “B” of their first name. As a single mom, Brooke experienced domestic violence and homelessness. With a limited amount of family support, she has had to encounter these obstacles on her own.
In November of 2020, Brooke connected with the Bridge of Hope’s residential program and moved into their residence. At the time, she had an older jeep that was given to her, but the vehicle needed a lot of repairs. Shortly after moving into her home, she was hired by Kelly Services to work for Anthem in their call center to handle billing calls and perform administrative tasks for the department. Brooke is motivated to work and keeps in mind of what it meant to be homeless and hopes not to return there.
Since then, Brooke has worked towards earning a stable income and continues to work for Anthem. Bridge of Hope, who is our vehicle donation non-profit partner sent a referral on her behalf for the Lift UP vehicle placement program. She was approved for the program and on October, 13, 2021, she was placed with a 2005 Chevy Equinox.
On November 1, 2020, the Client Services made a call to Brooke to check in and here is what she had to say,
“I was raised by my grandmother who helped and taught me to sew and stitch clothes. What she instilled in me was the desire to be a fashion designer. With now having a reliable vehicle, she registered for the upcoming classes for fashion design and stylist at the Rocky Mountain Art Design School.”
Brooke is no longer worried about making it on-time for work. She spends more time with her children, and feels safe to transport them to school and loves getting out of the house to do fun activities. Brooke expresses her gratitude towards programs like Bridge of Hope for the purchase of the vehicle and for the relationship formed with Hands to help the working single moms. In giving thanks, she says,
“Hands is an amazing organization who has shown compassion and love throughout the process to make her feel comfortable. She feels Hands cares for her and family, and that they are not just another statistic. Hands helped make it possible for me to have a reliable vehicle.”