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Home is More Than Shelter

Frances had nowhere to live. She spent her days finding a meal, a place to sleep for the night, and figuring out how to be safe and survive. She “couch hopped”, lived in shelters and on the streets for seven years until Touchstone helped her have a home.

She grew up in South Dakota on the Rosebud Reservation and is enrolled in the White Earth Reservation. After losing her home, she moved to Minneapolis to be near family. She couldn’t find a job and soon the cycle of moving in and out of the shelter system became her life.

Before long, being on the streets and looking for shelter caused her physical and mental health to decline. “Being homeless is so hard,” said Frances. “Living in a shelter takes away your sense of safety, your identity, and your relationships.”

Frances wanted to have a normal life. She met with county staff who referred her to Touchstone’s Housing Innovations program. Our staff helped her with verifications and documents needed to have a lease. “I couldn’t do all of the paperwork by myself, it wasn’t doable,” said Frances. “My staff person was great, she helped me through the application process and helped me move.”

Frances moved into her new home in September. She said, “I’m amazed at my new apartment, it’s beautiful and in a nice neighborhood. I have a home, a place where my family can visit, and a space to do my art.” She’s also excited that she is reconnecting with her 12-year-old son and sees her granddaughter every week.

Homelessness has no season and neither does Touchstone. Our services help end the cycle of homelessness and supports people on a new path. You can change the path of another’s life by making a donation to Touchstone.

“I have a new life thanks to Touchstone,” says Frances. “Thank you, thank you!”

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