She can’t remember life before homelessness.

Now 7 years after moving into her own apartment Yvonne can’t imagine where she’d be without getting help.

Her journey hasn’t been easy including the diagnosis of a chronic health condition, and a twenty-year addiction to heroin and cocaine. She credits many different aspects of her recovery treatments including a 12 Step Program and a case manager who talked her through the toughest of times. “I learned how to be responsible at Housing Forward.”

Now she has a positive attitude about herself, her relationships, and her life. Her advice to others? “Avoid putting unrealistic expectations on other people. Make the big changes step by step—minute by minute—and your story can be successful too.”