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12/10/12 — Sarah and Sophia’s Journey

Sara Bean and Sophia's Journey

Sara Bean and daughter Sophia.
42% of Goodwill Inn guests are women and children

Sarah Bean, 25, has a cheek-to-cheek smile. We talked to her on her last day at the Goodwill Inn Emergency Shelter.

Sarah is an Army veteran who served for a year in Iraq as a truck driver. She has an adorable 18-month-old daughter, named Sophia.

The Beans came to the Goodwill Inn after facing family challenges, followed by an unhealthy roommate situation with another single mom. Sarah had nowhere else to go. “I was at the point where I no longer felt like I had worth,” said Sarah. She remembers sitting in the lobby of the Inn, scared and shaking, waiting for a room for her and Sophia.

Throughout her stay at the Inn, Sarah maintained a full-time job at Fox Motors and committed to regular meetings with her case manager, Kathy Dorsch. Kathy said, “Sarah was dedicated to making a better life for her family from the beginning.  She was motivated every step of the way and did all that she needed to do to ensure she could provide a stable home for her daughter.”

Sarah said, “the Inn’s standards for curfew and zero tolerance is smart. A substance-free environment kept people’s thoughts and growth unhindered. Most importantly, it helps keep everyone safe.”

Sarah shared with me that she always wanted to be a social worker, and help young people. The staff at the Goodwill Inn helped fortified this dream. She received scholarships and a Pell grant to enroll in a social work program in January.

Above the Inn’s front door is a large blue sign that says, “Homeless to Wholeness.” Sarah looked up at that sign every day. At first, she thought to herself, “I don’t think I’ll ever know wholeness.” Today as she moved out, she explained how she felt looking at the sign for the last time, “what I’m feeling now is wholeness – complete wholeness. I’m my own person. I’m the mom I always wanted to be, and I know exactly where I am going!”

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