Mom leaves Marisol with education, self-esteem

Jennifer stands outside a Marisol Homes location. The single mom stayed at the longterm shelter for women before she was assisted with starting a new life with her son.

Jennifer knew she had to leave California because of a troubled home situation and worries about the safety of her son. 

“I was scared, because I had no family here,” said the 47-year-old mom of moving to Colorado. 

When their lease was up, she moved them to a hotel. With no job and empty pockets, she needed help starting a new life. Then Jennifer heard about Marisol Homes. The staff welcomed her and her son, making them feel right at home. 

“I was really nervous to go in, but I was made comfortable,” she said. 

Jennifer was paired with a case manager who helped her establish benefits and find permanent housing. And she also lovingly challenged Jennifer. Had she ever thought about going to college? Jennifer didn’t have a chance after graduating high school. Now over 40, Jennifer thought she was too old. Her case manager encouraged her and she found herself enrolled at Red Rocks Community College to study sociology. 

Four months later, Jennifer moved out of Marisol Homes and into housing with her son—later with her father who had moved to Golden. In May 2018, Jennifer graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and is pursuing a master’s degree at Metro State University. Her goal is to help others in need. 

“(Marisol Homes) made a big impression on my life,” Jennifer said. “I left with self-esteem, responsibility and an education. They supported me in everything. I’m very blessed to have been at Marisol.” 

Marisol Homes is part of Catholic Charities of Denver’s continuum of care model that provides women with a network of resources to help at all stages of life. In fiscal year 2017, Marisol Homes served 91 single mothers with 112 children at its four homes. 

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What is Marisol Homes? 

Marisol Homes is a place for women with children to live in a stable and loving environment that helps them end the cycle of homelessness by achieving financial stability and finding independent housing. 

Each family completes a program based on the continuum of care model that focuses on the needs of the whole person. Families may stay at the homes until they achieve stability. 

91 single mothers with
112 children were served by 

Marisol Homes in 2017*
* In Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2017 

Learn more at ccdenver.org/marisolservices 

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